'A Christmas Carol' - Key Quotes

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‘ A Christmas Carol’ – Key Quotes

“Oh! But he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone!” - Narrator


Thenarrator uses this description about Scrooge


“If they had rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population…” – Scrooge


Scrooge says this to the charity men when talking about the poor. It shows his attitude to those who need help from society – if they need help from those who can give it, they should die.


“Mankind was my business…” – Marley’s ghost


Marley means that he should have been – in life, helpful, kind and giving to the poor, rather than taking from it and exploiting it. Now, mankind is his real interest


“A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still..” - Narrator


The narrator describes the way in which Scrooge is left behind by his school friends over the Christmas holidays. It could be used to describe why Scrooge separates himself from society.


“A small matter...to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.” – Spirit of Christmas Past


Dickens shows us how Scrooge is changing through his response to the Ghost’s provocative statement. He is saying it only takes a small thing – like Christmas, to make people act like this.


“I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion, Gain, engrosses you.” – Belle


Belle says money or ‘gain’ has replaced her as his love. Could also be used with:


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