A New Year of 'new beginning' passage in literature
When I read the words "new beginning" the first passage that came to mind was the below quote from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer's overnight shift from his tasteless, miserly habits to a warm, grandfather-esque disposition, must be one of the most famous "new beginning" experiences in literature, outside perhaps of dramatic conversion stories. So here you are--
He was so fluttered and glowing with his good intentions that his broken voice would scarcely answer to his call. He had been sobbing violently in his conflict with the Spirit, and his face was wet with tears.
"They are not torn down," cried Scrooge, folding one of his bed curtains in his arms--"they are not torn down, rings and all. They are here--I am here--the shadows of the things that would have been may be dispelled. They will be. I know they will!"Have you read The Christmas Carol? What did you think?
His hands were busy with his garments all this time turning them inside out, putting them on upside down, tearing them, mislaying them, making them parties to every kind of extravagance.
"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath, and making a perfect Lacoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"