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Plot Summary and List of Characters

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Plot Summary

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable, mean, old man who believes that Christmas is just nonsense, an excuse for idle people not to go to work or to expect handouts and charity gifts. He doesn’t believe in all the good cheer and generosity toward others that the season encourages, and makes sure everyone knows it.

The night before Christmas Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his long-dead business partner, Jacob Marley, a man who was as greedy, cold and hard as Scrooge is. Marley warns Scrooge that if he continues to live so selfishly, he will spend eternity wearing the heavy chains that his own greed has made.

Eventually, three ghosts will visit Scrooge: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They show Scrooge the big mistake he has been making in valuing money over people. Scrooge is frightened by the bleak picture of his life and promises to change his ways.

Scrooge awakes on Christmas morning and he is a new man. He becomes jolly and charitable, and truly turns into the man he promised the ghosts he would become. He carries the spirit of Christmas with him all the year round.

il fantasma di Marley

List of Characters

BOB CRATCHIT, clerk to Ebenezer Scrooge
PETER CRATCHIT, a son of Bob Cratchit’s
TIM CRATCHIT (‘Tiny Tim’), a cripple, youngest son of Bob Cratchit
MR FEZZIWIG, a kind-hearted, jovial old merchant
FRED, Scrooge’s nephew
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST, a phantom showing things past
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, a spirit of a kind, generous, and hearty nature
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME, an apparition showing the shadows of things which yet may happen
GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY, a spectre of Scrooge’s long-dead partner in business
JOE, a marine-store dealer and receiver of stolen goods
EBENEZER SCROOGE, an avaricious, misanthropic and heartless old man showing no feeling for the Christmas spirit; the surviving partner of the firm of Scrooge and Marley
DICK WILKINS, a fellow apprentice of Scrooge’s
BELLE, a comely lady, an old sweetheart of Scrooge’s
CAROLINE, wife of one of Scrooge’s debtors
MRS CRATCHIT, wife of Bob Cratchit
BELINDA AND MARTHA CRATCHIT, daughters of Bob Cratchit
MRS DILBER, a washerwoman
FAN, the sister of Scrooge

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A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

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