The Fezziwigs are portrayed as the perfect happy family, larger than life, jolly and musical. You have to pay bills without money! The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. His hair is white tied in a ponytail , but he has no wrinkles. Then they skip ahead in time and see when Scrooge was an apprentice to Mr. When will you come to see me? The ghost is wise and motherly, and Scrooge becomes childlike in his care. It was long, and wound about him like a tail; and it was made for Scrooge observed it closely of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel.
Scrooge leaves the counting-house, eats dinner at his usual tavern, and returns to his home, an isolated town house formerly owned by his late business partner, Jacob Marley. The narrator describes the staircase as wide enough for a carriage to pass through sideways, and this may explain why Scrooge has a vision of a funeral hearse leading him up the stairs. Scrooge, deeply moved, sheds tears of regret before the phantom returns him to his bed. What reason have you to be merry? But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. There was plenty of width for that, and room to spare; which is perhaps the reason why Scrooge thought he saw a locomotive hearse going on before him in the gloom.
I have sat invisible beside you many and many a day. Yet Scrooge's three days of ghostly visits also have an odd timelessness, with Scrooge seeming to sleep from night to night, perhaps implying the sort of endless purgatory he might end up in. He keeps his office cold, not even heating it at Christmas time. Already, the poor townsfolk are elevated above Scrooge in moral standing — he is a caricature of a lonely miser. Then the door opened and Bob Cratchit came in with Tiny Tim upon his shoulders. Once upon a time, on Christmas Eve, old Scrooge sat busy in his office.
Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir. And there it was — the Ghost of Christmas Present. It was a very low fire indeed; nothing on such a bitter night. The scene again is the Cratchits, this time sorrow instead of joy. From this point on Scrooge begs the ghost to let him change his lifestyle and try to change it for the better. As a kid, he was worthy of happiness and as a young man he was denied love in life. Then the man sits down with his wife and remembers meeting an old friend of hers earlier.
Fred, Scrooge's nephew, stops by to wish his uncle a Merry Christmas, but Scrooge responds, ''Bah! Scrooge is now terrified and vows to listen. The sound resounded through the house like thunder. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. The next day after Christmas, Scrooge arrives at work early. Though it seems threatening, he is offering Scrooge a very tangible way to improve his fate. He walks through his rooms to make sure no one is there. Now, it is a fact, that there was nothing at all particular about the knocker on the door, except that it was very large.
As he eats his gruel before the fire, the carvings on his mantelpiece suddenly transform into images of Jacob Marley's face. He had been quite familiar with one old ghost, in a white waistcoat, with a monstrous iron safe attached to its ankle, who cried piteously at being unable to assist a wretched woman with an infant, whom it saw below, upon a door-step. Consequently, everybody who comes into contact with Scrooge avoids him. He carries an extinguisher cap like a candle-snuffer for putting out his own flame. It was double-locked, as he had locked it with his own hands, and the bolts were undisturbed. Nor can I tell you what I would.
He says business is nothing in comparison to the trade of human woes that he deals in. Marley is a figure of both terror and kindness — it will become clear that instead of wanting revenge on Scrooge, he has come to protect him. Marley's purgatorial afterlife is described as a wasteland of endless journeying. Then the ghost takes him to what would be considered the bad part of town, under a bridge. The hair was curiously stirred, as if by breath or hot air; and, though the eyes were wide open, they were perfectly motionless.
He turns into a man that he had promised to the ghosts and becomes a jolly man who keeps the spirit of Christmas alive in his heart throughout the year. He has two strategies: he reminds Scrooge of his own loneliness, and gives Scrooge models of intimacy to which he should aspire. Marley is not saying business is inherently bad, but he is saying that it is terrifically small and narrow in comparison to the rest of life, and certainly that business success is not enough to right any wrongs one commits in life. Scrooge realizes that he knew a bunch of them when they were alive. Scrooge closed the window, and examined the door by which the Ghost had entered.
Shmoop's going to go all cynical here and say the nephew wants to bank that inheritance! At length the hour of shutting up the counting-house arrived. He is an employee of Scrooge and he is the only one in the Cratchit family to thank him genuinely for the job and the pay that he has given him to support his family and keep food in their stomachs. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. They go to another Christmas, where Young Scrooge is apprenticed at a warehouse. Scrooge tells Fred to leave him alone, that Christmas has never done any good.
He checks around the house, but everything seems hunky-dory. Look to see me no more; and look that, for your own sake, you remember what has passed between us! Scrooge has been watching this display in a frenzy of excitement. Scrooge asks why he got married, and then scoffs when the nephew says he fell in love. Two gentlemen call next, asking Scrooge which one of the two partners listed above the door he is. He must have slept through a whole day and half a night. He tries to seize the ghost of Christmas Past.