Monday, January 27, 2014

5 Staves Christamas Carol

Stave I :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!" refusing to share in Fred's Christmas cheer. 

Annotation 1: Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas. Dickens describes him thus: "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice .

Stave II : "'You may -- the memory of what is past half makes me hope you will -- have pain in this. A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it gladly, as an unprofitable dream from which it happened well that you awoke. May you be happy in the life you have chosen!'"

Stave 3:"'he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.'"

Stave 4 :"'Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?'"

Annotation 4:The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come wears a long black robe with a hood that conceals its head. Within the darkness of the hood, Scrooge cannot even see a hint of the ghost's face. Scrooge speaks to the ghost explaining that he is ready to see what the ghost has to show him, but the ghost does not reply. He is now frightened. 

Stave 5: "[Scrooge] went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows; and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk -- that anything -- could give him so much happiness."

Annotations 5: "At first scrooge is greedy and has no heart and he said that all he could think about was his office and his money that was what he could live for. But what he didn't realize all the people around loved him so much. And he hated Christmas so much. But at the end realize that allot of people were there for him and once again he believed in Christmas and promised to have Christmas in his heart."

1 comment:

  1. A lot of your annotations are just quotes, Bryan, including one quote from another source. Not quite what I was hoping for :-/