a christmas carol themes

the spirit of christmas quotes

"... a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time .." (Fred: stave 1)

"... he spread a few drops of water on them from it , and their good-humour was restored directly." (stave 3)

"I will honour Christmas inmy heart and try to keep it all the year." (Scrooge: stave 4)

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money and avarice quotes

"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!" (stave 1)

"I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one-by-one, until the master passion, Gain engrosses you." (Belle: stave 2)

" 'what Idol has displaced you?' he re-joined. 'A golden one.' " (Scrooge/Belle: stave 2)

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Ignorance and Want quotes

"Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility." (stave 4)

"where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacingly." (stave 4)

"... on his brow I see that written which is Doom," (The Ghost of Christmas Present: stave 4)

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Families quotes

"what would I not have given to be one of them!" (stave 2)

"They were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time." (stave 3)

"An old, old man and woman, with their children and their children's children, and another generation beyond that, all decked out gaily in their holiday attire." (stave 3)

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Death quotes

"He lay in the dark, empty house, with not a man, a woman or a child to say he was kind to me in this or that ..." (stave 4)

"Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here ..." (stave 4)

"Spirit of Tiny Tim, thy childish essence was from God!" (stave 4)

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responsibility quotes

"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned - they cost enough..." (Scrooge: stave 1)

"who suffers by his ill whims? Himself always." (Fred: stave 3)

"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if preserved in, they must lead..." (Scrooge: stave 4)

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Redemption quotes

"Your reclamation..." (The Ghost of Christmas Past: stave 2)

"I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now." (Scrooge: stave 2)

"I am not the man I was." (Scrooge: stave 4)

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