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  A Christmas Carol  –  Key Quotes for all the Characters Scrooge “Hard and sharp as flint”   “Solitary as an oyster”   “He carried his own low temperature around with him”   “Nobody stopped him in the street to say.. ‘My dear Scrooge, how are you?’ ”   “Bah! Humbug”   “Every idiot who goes around with Merry Xmas on his lips... should be buried with a stake of holly through his heart”   “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”   “If they would rather die, they haqd better do it and decrease the surplus popul ation”   “It’s not my business”   THE CHANGE! “I will honour Christmas in my heart. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”   “I am light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy, I am giddy as a drunken man. “   “I don’t know anything. I’m quite a baby.”   “I’ll send it to Bob Cratchit!”   “Not a farthing less. A great many back payments are included in it.”   “I have come to dinner. Will you let me in Fred?”   “Therefore I am about to raise your salary!”   “Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all and became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew.”   Marley “On the very day of the funeral, (Scrooge) solemnised it with an undo ubted bargain”   “I wear the chain I forged in life...The chain was made up of cash boxes..ledgers..heavy purses”   “You may be an undigested bit of beef”   “My spirit never roved beyond the narrow limits of our money changing hole”   “Mankind was my business!”   Bob Cratchit and Cratchit Family “The clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like only one coal”   “There’s another fellow, my clerk with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas. I’ll retire to Bedlam”   “Tiny Tim hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and remember upon Christmas day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”   “Mrs Cratchit  made the gravy hissing hot, Master Peter mashed the potatoes with incredible vigour, Miss Belinda sweetened up the apple sauce...”   “There never was such a goose cooked.”   “Eked out by apple - sauce and mashed potatoes”   “God bless us every one”   “Mr Scrooge.   I’d give him a piece of my mind. An odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man” (Mrs Cratchit)     Belle “Another idol has displaced me.. a golden one”   “I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off, until the master passion, Gain engrosses you”   “May you be ha ppy in the life you ha ve chosen”   “No more! Show me no more!”   “Now a comely matron sitting opposite her daughter”  Ghost of Xmas Past “Would you (Scrooge) so soon put out..the light I give?”   “Scrooge was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts and hopes and joys long long forgotten.”   “Strange to have forgotten it for so many years”   “ A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still  –   Scrooge sobbed.”   “To see Scrooge’s extraordinary voice between laughing and crying..and his excited face..would have been a surprise to his business friends in the city”   “I should like to have given him (the boy carol singer)something: that’s   all.”   “One child: true! your nephew!”   (With Fezziwig) “Scrooge’s heart and soul were in the scene..he remembered everything, enjoyed everything.”   “A small matter to make these folks so full of gratitude”   “I should like to be able to say a word or two  to my clerk just now. That’s all.”   Fred “What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.”   “I have always thought of Christmas as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time”   “Don’t be angry Uncle. Merry Christmas!”   “If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blest in a laugh than Scrooge’s nephew, all I can say is I should like to know him too.”   “Scrooge’s offences carry their own punishment. Who suffers? Himself!”   Ghost of Xmas Present “A  jolly giant who bore a glowing torch with a cheery voice and a joyful air”   “To a poor one most. Because it needs it most”   “I see a vacant seat. The child will die”   “Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be in the sight of heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child”   “Scrooge was the ogre of the family and the mention of his name cast a dark shadow”   “The numbers of people on the way to friendly gatherings”   “Even here.. two men wished each other Merry Christmas in their can of grog.”   “Yes/No game.. a disagreeable, savage animal. It’s Uncle Scro-o-o-o- ge!”   “They are Man’s. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware for I see that written which is Doom.”    Ghost of Xmas Future “It was shrouded in a deep black garment which concealed its head, its face, its form and left nothing visible except one outstretched hand”   “Ghost of the Future. I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, I am prepared to bear you company with a thankful heart.”   “I don’t mind going (to the funeral) if a lunch is provided.”   “Old Scratch has got his own at last hey?”   “So I am told.. Cold isn’t it?”   “He frightened everyone away from him when he was   alive, to profit us when he was dead, ha, ha!”   “If there is any person in the town who feels emotion caused by this man’s death, show that person to me, Spirit, I beseech you!”   “It would be bad fortune to find so merciless a creditor. We may sleep tonight with light hearts, Caroline!”   “I am sure none we shall none of us forget Tiny Tim”   “A churchyard, overrun by weeds , the growth of vegetation’s death not life –a worthy place!”   “Scrooge crept towards it, trembling, and following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, Ebenezer Scrooge.”   Minor Characters: Fezziwig “Bless his heart; it’s Fezziwig alive again!”   “Yo ho there! Ebenezer! Dick! No more work tonight!”   “He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome. The happiness he gives, is..as if it cost a fortune”   Fan “I have come to bring you home dear brother.. home, home, home!”   “You are quite a woman, little Fan”   Mrs Dilber, the laundress and Joe “Who’s the worse for the loss of a few things like these? Not a dead man I suppose.”   “He’d have had somebody to look after him when he was struck by Death, instead of lying gasping out his last there, alone by himself”     
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