Christmas Carol

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At the beginning of the novel there is an old man named Scrooge who is in his office when his nephew Fred walks in and wished him a merry Christmas but Scrooge just said "Bah Humbug." And Fred walked. Shortly after two men walked in and asked Scrooge for some money for the poor. On his way out Scrooge gave the clerk a day off for Christmas. When he got home, he looked at his knocker and it was the face of Jacob Marley's ghost. When he looked at it again, it was normal. Then he got ready for bed and he was visited by Marley's ghost itself. The ghost told Scrooge that he would be visited by three spirits at 1:00 every morning for the next three nights.

The first ghost was the ghost of Christmas past. He took Scrooge and showed him his past Christmases where he was born and raised.

He also showed him his friend Ali Baba. Then Scrooge thought about his sister. The next stop was at Fezziwig's warehouse where the spirit showed him Dick Wilkins who was an old friend of Scrooge's. They used to work togther putting up shutters. Then there was a party at Fezziwig's. The spirit then brought him to one last place where there was a young girl sitting near a fire with her daughter. This started to make Scrooge uneasy.

The next night he was visited by the ghost of Christmas present. He brought Scrooge to the city streets on Christmas morning where people were shoveling snow off of their rooftop and the kids were playing in it. Then they went to the grocer's where there were many sites to see. After Scrooge asked the spirit some questions they went to Bob Cratchit's where Scrooge saw Mrs. Cratchit dressed in a poorly made gown with lots of ribbons. Sitting at the table was Mrs. Cratchit and Bob's two kids. Then in came Martha with a goose. During dinner Scrooge asked the spirit if Tiny Tim would live and the spirit said "no." This made Scrooge very worried and scared about Tiny Tim. The ghost then took him to places where the people could not be with their families.

The last of the three spirits was the ghost of Christmas yet to come and he told Scrooge that he would die soon. He first went to a street where two men had a very short discussion about Scrooge dying. Then the ghost took him to the slums part of town where everyone was drunk and half-naked. People there were talking about Scrooge's death. Seeing this made him feel very bad for all of the things he had done. Then the poor people stole all of his stuff when he was dead.

After Scrooge was finished visiting with the spirits he went out and bought the biggest turkey for the Cratchit's and went to his nephew's house for Christmas dinner.