Quote #1: 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 which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas..External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. (Stave 1)
Why is this description of scrooge so overblown? Why so many details explaining his coldness? why cant it just say that he was a cold hearted miser?
Quote #2: "Spirit!" said Scrooge in a broken voice, "remove me from this place."
"I told you these were shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. "That they are what they are, do not blame me!". "Remove me!" Scrooge exclaimed, "I cannot bear it!". He turned upon the Ghost, and seeing that it looked upon him with a face, in which in some strange way there were fragments of all the faces it had shown him, wrestled with it."Leave me! Take me back. Haunt me no longer!"(Stave 2)
When I Read this It reminded me of what I learned in psychology -A flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. Experiences can be happy, sad, exciting...
Scrooge couldn’t bear seeing all the events that happened in his past and just wants to escape out of the situation he cant deal with it.
Quote #3: It was his own room. There was no doubt about that. But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove; from every part of which, bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone. Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant, glorious to see; who bore a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty's horn, and held it up, high up, to shed its light on Scrooge, as he came peeping round the door. (Stave 3)
Sounds like a whole magical makeover of the room is going on here reminds me of the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition when they reveal the new house and rooms they had built for needy families.
Quote #4:"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!" (Stave 4)
This is one of the quotes I love. It Portrays a Great lesson that although you can make mistakes in your past, present and future you can always learn from them too.
Quote #5: Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.”(Stave 5)
This quotes makes me think of his transformation from being a person who dosen’t like people to being a family guy. One of the most important lessons Scrooge learned was the importance of family.