Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Christmas Carol : quotes i will always remeber

Stave 1 :
"Scrooge was his sole executor , his sole administrator , his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee , his sole friend , his sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event , but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral , and solemnized it with an undoubted bargain".

 annotation:   From pre-knowledge of pop culture we all hear of scrooge to be this hag/grump with a nasty attitude , which no one likes. Its hard to believe that he had a friend. Maybe they shared the same kind of lives ? If anything how was the relationship between them ? And why did scrooge not remorse over his best friends funeral. Maybe scrooge already has been through enough to cry.

Stave 2 :
"It was a strange figure -- like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child's proportions. Its hair, which hung about its neck and down its back, was white as if with age; and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it, and the tenderest bloom was on the skin. The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength. Its legs and feet, most delicately formed, were, like those upper members, bare. It wore a tunic of the purest white and round its waist was bound a lustrous belt, the sheen of which was beautiful. It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers. But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible; and which was doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm."

annotation : this must be the first ghost! what a way to surprise scrooge in the midst of the night. But however this ghost seemed to appear more like an angel with its shining lights rather then a ghost. I mean when I think of a ghost I think of scary and evil. Dickens describes the ghost with such perfection.

Stave 3.
"Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing; and, consequently, when the Bell struck One, and no shape appeared, he was taken with a violent fit of trembling. Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came."

A ghost running late ? hahaha sounds more like a person if you ask me . I cant believe scrooge waited for these things to come , I would've been scared out of my mind!

Stave 4:
``This is the end of it, you see! He frightened every one away from him when he was alive, to profit us when he was dead! Ha, ha, ha!''

 Did scrooge's death really lead to somebodies happiness. No one should ever be happy that someone died , but his attitude while he was alive did bring grief amongst people that owed him money . Then this had to be a sort of happiness for them , because they don't have to deal with him anymore.

Stave 5:
"I will live in the Past, the Present, and the future! Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this! I say it on my knees, old Jacob; on my knees!''

Annotation :
I'm so happy that scrooge is saying this , this has to change him for the better , to make better choices . Now these vision will live with him forever , where it will always affect his attitude towards people.


  1. Stave 3: By the time the ghost decided to arrive, I would have died of paranoia.

  2. For stave 1 an answer to your question might be: There is a concept in psychology called The Similarity-Attraction Theory- It says that similar people tend to attract. People tend to chose friends who are similar to themselves in characteristics such as age, race, religion, social class, PERSONALITY, education, intelligence, and attitude. In this case both Marley and scrooge are similar in that they are both nasty,mean inconsiderate and money hoarders at the beginning.

  3. Good comments here!

    And good annotations Tiffany!