In his "Ghostly little book," Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world’s most adapted and imitated stories. Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in... read more
A cynical, mean man without empathy, gets a second chance at life. His redemption comes at the hands of ghosts. They are Jacob Marley (his deceased business partner), the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge has the chance... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A cynical, mean man without empathy, gets a second chance at life. His redemption comes at the hands of ghosts. They are Jacob Marley (his deceased business partner), the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge has the chance to do whatever he had done wrong that the 3 spirits showed him.
“Mankind was my business!”Ghost of Marley
“Dead as a doornail”
“External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.”
“Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”Scrooge
“God bless us every one!”Tiny Tim
“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly littlebook, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, whichshall not put my readers out of humourwith themselves, with each other, with theseason, or with me. May it haunt theirhouses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”Charles Dickens
“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail. Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”Charles Dickens
“Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”Jacob Marley
“Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”
“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.”Charles Dickens
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