Christmas Carol…the plot

dickens1.jpgMaybe many of you don’t know the story of Christmas Carol we have started reading and reporting to you.

Here is the plot in case you are curious and want to know some more. We do suggest you to read it – it’s so nice.

The story of A Christmas Carol begins on Christmas Eve, when Ebenezer Scrooge, a business man, sat in his office which is even colder than outside. Suddenly his nephew Fred, a good-natured man enters wishing him MERRY CHRISTMAS but is rebuked:

“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge, indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”

Yet Fred is not discouraged by his uncle’s crankiness and wishes him well. As he leaves, two men from a charitable organization enter and ask Scrooge for a donation to help the poor. He suggests that the poor should go to prisons and workhouses!!!

How hard is his heart!!! – Ebenezer Scrooge cares nothing for the people around him and mankind exists only for the money that can be made through exploitation and intimidation.  He particularly detests Christmas which he views as

‘a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer’.

original_carol_bishop.jpg When he goes home that evening, Scrooge sees the face of his long-dead business partner, Jacob Marley, in the knocker on his front door. Going upstairs to his flat, he thinks he sees a hearse riding up the stairs. Dozing in a chair by a dim fire, he hears chains in the cellar coming nearer, until Marley’s ghost enters the room.Marley’s ghost explains that he is required in death to wander the earth, walking among humanity as he never did in life.

The chain around him is “the chain I forged in life.”

He has come to warn Scrooge that he must change his ways, and he foretells that three spirits will come to Scrooge over the next three nights. When he leaves through the window, Scrooge sees hundreds of ghosts in chains wandering out in the street below his window.

These three spirits, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, succeed in showing Scrooge the error of his ways.

His glorious reformation complete, Christmas morning finds Scrooge sending a Christmas turkey to his long-suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit, and spending Christmas day in the company of his nephew, Fred, whom he had earlier spurned.

cratchits_eytinge1869_sm.gif Scrooge’s new-found benevolence continues as he raises Cratchit’s salary and vows to assist his family, which includes Bob’s crippled son, Tiny Tim. In the end Dickens reports that Scrooge became ‘ as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew’.

Note. These scretches were published in the first edition.

Class1b, Fazzini_mercantini, Italy

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