Christmas Carol Quotes #1
Terms in this set (27)
"Marley was dead, to begin with"
Shows that the novel starts with death.
"The cold within him froze his old features"
A bit of pathetic fallacy showing that Scrooge's personality is cold and miserly.
"Eyes red, his thin lips blue"
Kind of describes how Scrooge is close to death.
"Cold, bleak, biting weather, foggy withal"
Hyperbole and the fog may describe how Scrooge is ignorant towards the poverty as the fog is covering reality.
"The houses opposite were mere phantoms"
Foreshadowing the ghosts that will be visiting Scrooge.
"What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough"
Everything is about money for Scrooge and he sees Xmas as a time of money being spent which is scary for Scrooge.
"When I live in such a world of fools as this?"
Scrooge doesn't understand Christmas spirit and thinks society is crazy for celebrating and using money they don't have.
"And you'll keep Christmas by loosing your situation!"
Scrooge is aware Bob is poor but Scrooge being miserly and mean means he doesn't offer Bob the kindness his fellow boss Fezziwig did.
"My clerk with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas. I'll retire to bedlam!"
Scrooge thinks that fifteen shillings is not enough to feed a family, suggesting he thinks bobs crazy to have children and a family when he has no money, Scrooge again thinks it's crazy by commenting on bedlam which is a pyschiactric hospital in London.
"Are there no prisons?"
"The treadmill and the poor law are in full vigour, then?"
"When want is keenly felt, and abundance rejoices"
"I cant afford to make idle people merry"
"decrease the surplus population"
"The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping silly down at Scrooge"
"You'll want all day tomorrow, I suppose? said Scrooge"
"Ran home to Camden Town as hard as he could pelt, to play at blindman's-buff"
"Not a knocker, but Marleys face"
"With ghostly spectacles turned up on its ghostly forehead"
"Scrooge thought he saw a locomotive hearse going on before him the the gloom"
"It was made of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses wrought in steel"
"If that spirit does not go forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death"
"I wear the chain I forged in life"
"This earth must pass into eternity before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed!"
"to warn you that you have a chance and hope of escaping my fate"
"Some few (They might be guilty governments) were linked together"
"They sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power forever"