Scrooge And Marley: A Summary

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On a frigid, foggy Christmas Eve in London, a shrewd, mean-spirited cheapskate named Ebenezer Scrooge works meticulously in his counting-house. Outside the office creaks a little sign reading "Scrooge and Marley"--Jacob Marley, Scrooge's business partner, has died seven years ago on this very day. Inside the office, Scrooge watches over his clerk, a poor diminutive man named Bob Cratchit. The smoldering ashes in the fireplace provide little heat even for Bob's tiny room. Despite the harsh weather Scrooge refuses to pay for another lump of coal to warm the office. Suddenly, a ruddy-faced young man bursts into the office offering holiday greetings and an exclamatory, "Merry Christmas!" The young man is Scrooge's jovial nephew Fred who has stopped by to invite Scrooge to Christmas dinner. The grumpy Scrooge responds with a "Bah! Humbug!"(Humbug basically means nonsense or ridiculousness.) refusing to share in Fred's Christmas cheer. After Fred departs, a pair of portly gentlemen enters the office to ask Scrooge for a charitable donation to help the poor. Scrooge angrily replies that prisons and workhouses are the only charities he is willing to support and the gentlemen leave…show more content…
The Phantom does not answer but points his hand onward. The scene shifts and Scrooge sees people talking and as he listens to the conversation he realizes the people are talking about a person who has recently died. As Scrooge continues to listen, with a sudden realization that infuses him with fear, he speaks to the Phantom, saying that he understands that this lost life might be his. The Phantom does not respond. Scrooge continues talking, saying that he has learned his lesson. The Phantom still does not respond, but the scene shifts to a familiar bedpost. Scrooge’s bedpost!!!! It was his indeed. Scrooge leaps out of bed and goes about his life as usual, but has a changed man. The Spirits had done their
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