It has been a long time since I posted a Six Degrees of Separation meme, so I am posting this Christmas edition which starts with Charles Dickens’s famous novella A Christmas Carol  and finishes with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night ; see also my two other posts in this series: Six Degrees of Separation – From Pride & Prejudice to The Name of the Rose, and Six Degrees of Separation – From News of the World to The Woman in the Window.
A Christmas Carol is a Christmas fable about one rich miser who learns his lesson through a series of encounters with ghosts. Another famous tale about one rich miser is Honoré de Balzac’s novel Eugenie Grandet  where a pretty daughter of one rich wine merchant is forced to experience the full consequence of her father’s lust for gold.
Provincial France and home-made wine are two things that Eugenie Grandet has in common with another book – Joanne Harris’s novel Blackberry Wine , a magical realism novel that follows two separate time-lines. Incidentally, Harris’s new book is called A Narrow Door , which is a psychological thriller, and this title is similar to Magda Szabó’s novel The Door  about our narrator Magda’s decades long’ relationship with her loyal housekeeper Emerence.
Magda is a name which probably derives from the full name Magdalen and one heroine with this name features in Wilkie Collins’s classic No Name . In this story, Magdalen, an orphaned daughter of once well-to-do parents, has to resort to certain tricks, dress-up games and elaborate theatricals to try to recover the inheritance which she and her sister were unjustly deprived of by their misery uncle. In turn, disguise is also the centrepiece of Shakespeare’s famous play Twelfth Night, where Viola disguises herself as a page boy.