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Christmas Carol Quotes

Christmas Carol Quotes



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Published by Donoghue
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Published by: Donoghue on Mar 19, 2008
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“Oh! but he was a tight
-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching,grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from whichno steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as anoyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelledhis cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out
shrewdly in his grating voice.”
 He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in thedog-days, and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no win-try weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was moreintent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.`I wish to be left alone,' said Scrooge. 'Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that ismy answer. I don't make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle peo- ple merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned - they cost enough:and those who are badly off must go there.''Many can't go there; and many would rather die.''If they would rather die,' said Scrooge, 'they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.Besides - excuse me - I don't know that.''It is required of every man,' the Ghost returned,'that the spirit within him should walk abroadamong his fellow-men, and travel far and wide;and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is con-demned to do so after death. It is doomed to wan-der through the world - oh, woe is me! and wit-ness what it cannot share, but might have sharedon earth, and turned to happiness!'
'The school is not quite deserted,' said theGhost. `A solitary child, neglected by hisfriends, is left there still.' Scrooge said heknew it. And he sobbed.They went, the Ghost and Scrooge, acrossthe hall, to a door at the back of the house. Itopened before them, and disclosed a long, bare, melancholy room, made barer still bylines of plain deal forms and desks. At oneof these a lonely boy was reading near a fee- ble fire; and Scrooge sat down upon a form,and wept to see his poor forgotten self as he had used to be.'A small matter,' said the Ghost, 'to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.' 'Small!'echoed Scrooge.The Spirit signed to him to listen to the two apprentices, who were pouring out their hearts in praise of Fezziwig; and when he had done so, said:'Why! Is it not? He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four, per-haps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise?'`It isn't that,' said Scrooge, heated by the remark, and speaking unconsciously like hisformer, not his latter self. 'It isn't that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or un-happy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to addand count'em up: what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a for-tune.'He felt the Spirit's glance, and stopped.'What is the matter?' asked the Ghost.'Nothing particular,' said Scrooge.'Something, I think?' the Ghost insisted.'No,' said Scrooge, 'no. I should like to be able to say

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