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    • Cratchits
      • 'they were not a very handsome family'
      • 'their shoes were far from waterproof'
      • 'a sufficient dinner'
      • 'noone said it was a small dinner for such a large family'
      • 'his white comforter'
    • scrooge's view
      • 'are there no prisons?...no workhouses?...and the poor law is still in full vigour?'
      • 'if they'd rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population'
      • 'I cant afford to make idle people merry'
      • 'what right have you to be merry? you're poor enough'
      • 'there is no hardship greater than poverty'
    • Fred
      • 'what right do you have to be dismal? you're rich enough'
      • 'and although it's never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe it has done me good and will do me good'
    • Context
      • most rich people didn't feel it was their responsibility to take care of the poor
      • poverty was a huge problem
      • Dickens experienced poverty


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