How do you do, ma am? said the captain. I am very glad to see you. I have come a long way to see you. Who hasn’t dreamt of finding an old bottle between rocks on a beach somewhere, and seeing it has a rolled-up letter inside it? A Message from the Sea is a fairy tale by Charles Dickens and it tells the story of an American captain who travels a long way to deliver a message he found in at bottle to a family in a small English fishing village. It’s a refreshing and happy read in which the impossible happens. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English author, social critic, and philanthropist. Much of his writing first appeared in small instalments in magazines and was widely popular. Among his most famous novels are Oliver Twist (1839), David Copperfield (1850), and Great Expectations (1861).