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chapter 1 screw ya

Molly was dead that was certain because

there were people at his funeral Scrooge

was there too he and Molly were business

partners and he was Molly's only friend

but Scrooge looked very happy at the

funeral because on that day he made some

money Scrooge was a clever businessman

yes old Molly was certainly dead but

years later his name was still there

above the office door Scrooge and Marley

that was the company's name sometimes

people called Scrooge Scrooge and

sometimes Marley he always answered it

was all the same to him all that he was

a mean man Scrooge he never spent any

money and he never gave any away he was

an old miser and he was a cold and

solitary man the cold was inside him you

could see it in his red eyes and on his

blue nose and thin white lips you could

hear it in his hard voice and it made

his office cold

especially at Christmas nobody ever

stopped him in the street to say my dear

Scrooge how are you when will you come

and see me children never spoke to him

and even dogs ran away from him

but Scrooge didn't care he liked it that

was what he wanted one Christmas Eve

Scrooge was sitting in his office it was

only three o'clock in the afternoon but

it was already dark the weather was very

cold and there was a lot of fog it came

into the office through the windows and

doors Bob Cratchit Scrooge's Clark was

copying letters in a dark little room

and the old man watched him carefully

Bob had a very very small fire in his

room it was even smaller than Scrooge's

and he tried to warm his hands at the

candle but he couldn't do it a Merry

Christmas uncle said a happy voice and

Scrooge's nephew Fred cabin ha answered

Scrooge

humbug his nephew looked warm his face

was red and his eyes were bright

Christmas a humbug uncle he cried

surprised you don't mean that I'm sure

yes I do

said Scrooge Merry Christmas why are you

many you're a poor man aren't you well

why are you so unhappy you're rich

humbug

don't be angry uncle said Fred why not

there are too many fools in this world

you say Merry Christmas when you're a

year older and poorer

that's stupid uncle please if you you

have your own Christmas and I'll have

mine leave me alone

but you don't celebrate Christmas uncle

because I never make any money at

Christmas I don't like it

leave me alone but Christmas is a good

time said the nephew it's the only time

in the year when people open their

hearts and help each other they become

kind and generous I like Christmas and I

say God bless it the clerk in his little

room clapped his hands happily and said

yes that's right another word from you

when you lose your job uh Scrooge said

to him don't be angry uncle come and eat

with us tomorrow said his nephew no go

away I'm busy but why won't you come why

did you get married

Scrooge asked because I fell in love

because you fell in love back that's

more stupid than a Merry Christmas good

afternoon

but why don't you ever come to see me

uncle good afternoon said

Scrooge can't we be friends good

afternoon said Scrooge well I'm very

sorry about this but I wish you a Merry

Christmas with all my heart uncle good

after no said Scrooge and a Happy New

Year good afternoon said Scrooge

so his nephew went to the door and

opened it but before he left he said

Merry Christmas to the Clarks who

answered with a warm happy Christmas you

stupid - Scrooge said at that moment -

fat gentleman came in excuse me is this

Scrooge and Marley's said one of them

may I ask if you are mr. Scrooge or mr.

Marley mr. Marley is dead he died on

Christmas Eve seven years ago at this

festive time of the year mr. Scrooge

said the man are taking a pen from his

pocket we asked people to give some

money to help the poor there are

thousands of people with nothing to eat

at Christmas and there any prisons asked

Scrooge yes lots of them and what about

the work houses and there still lots of

them unfortunately yes good I'm happy to

hear it we don't think the people in the

work houses or prisons are happy about

it they don't have much to eat or drink

and they're always cold how much can you

give us sir

nothing screwd replied leave me alone I

don't celebrate Christmas and I don't

give money to lazy people I help to pay

for the work houses and busins that's

enough but many people can't go there

and they'll die in this cold weather

well there are too many people in the

world already so that's a good thing

good afternoon gentlemen so the two men

went out and Scrooge continued his work

it became colder and fuzzier and darker

when a boy came to sing A Christmas

Carol outside Scrooge's door he

stood up and shouted angrily go away

the boy was frightened and ran away very

quickly finally it was time to close the

office and go home

Scrooge stopped his work and put down

his pen the clerk put on his hat to go

you want all day tomorrow deal said

Scrooge if it's all right sir

yes it's not all right Scrooge answered

I must pay you for a day's holiday it's

only once a year sir

bah every December the 25th you get

money for nothing

well arrive here extra early on the 26th

you hear me yes sir said the clerk and

when he left the office he ran and

danced all the way home because it was

Christmas Eve chapter two Marley's ghost

Scrooge walked home to the rooms where

he lived years ago his partner Marley

lived there they were very old and dark

and silent the knocker on the door was

large but it was like hundreds of other

door knockers Scrooge never looked at it

and he wasn't thinking about Marley when

he put his key in the door so how did he

see Marley's face in the knocker yes

Marley's face there was a strange light

around it it looked at screwed with its

glasses up in its hair like moly when he

was alive the hair was moving slowly the

eyes were wide open and the face was

very white Scrooge looked at it for a

moment and then it was a knocker again

he was surprised but he went in and lit

his candle

then he looked at the knocker again Popo

he said and closed the door the sound

echoed around the house but Scrooge

wasn't frightened of echoes and he went

slowly up the dark stairs in liked

darkness it was cheap he looked around

his room nobody under the table nobody

under the sofa nobody under the bed

nobody in the cupboards he locked the

door and put on his dressing-gown

slippers and nightcap then he sat in

front of an old fireplace with a very

small fire in it for a moment he thought

he's all Knollys face in the fire

handbag he said then he looked at the

old Bell above him on the wall he was

very surprised when this Bell began to

move at first it moved slowly and

quietly but soon it made a very loud

sound and all the bells in the house

began to ring too suddenly they stopped

Scrooge

heard a strange noise far away in the

house a noise of metal like chains it

was coming up the stairs something was

coming towards his door it's humbug he

said I don't believe it but the thing

came into the room and stopped in front

of it he couldn't believe his eyes the

same face Marley's face

Scrooge recognized his dead partner's

clothes and boots and he saw a long

chain around his transparent body the

chain had heavy cash boxes keys locks

and account books on it

Marley was looking at him with cold dead

eyes

there was a handkerchief round his head

and chin well Scrooge said what do you

want with me

much it was certainly Molly's voice who

are you ask me who I was who were you

then in life I was your partner Jacob

Marley sit down if you can the ghost sat

in a chair on the other side of the

fireplace

you don't believe in me do you it said

no I don't why not because perhaps I ate

a piece of meat or cheese and my stomach

didn't digest it so you are only the

consequence of a bad stomach Scrooge

said this because he didn't want to show

his terror but the ghosts cold eyes

frightened him very much if I eat this

candle

Scrooge continued I'll see hundreds of

ghosts like you but they'll only be in

my head then the spirit gave a terrible

cry and it shook its chain with a

tremendous noise Scrooge trembled and

then he fell out of his chair with

horror when the ghost took off the

handkerchief and it's chiton dropped on

its chest help he cried with his hands

on his face why are you here terrible

spirit do you believe in me or not yes I

do

I must Scrooge replied but why do you

come to me if a man's spirit stays away

from other people while he is alive it

must walk through the world after he is

dead but it cannot share the happiness

of living people and again the ghost

shook its chain with a sad cry why are

you wearing that chain

Scrooge asked trembling because I made

it when I was alive I stayed away from

other people I didn't try to help them I

never loved anybody I loved only money

so I made this chain for myself and now

I must wear it

I lived like you Scrooge

seven years ago your chain was long and

heavy now it is very long and very heavy

again Scrooge trembled in terror

tell me more old Jacob Marley help me I

cannot help you a benissa Scrooge

answered the guests I cannot rest

I cannot stay here when I was alive my

spirit never walked out of our office it

was locked in there while I made all my

money so now I must travel and never

stop have you traveled all this time for

seven years yes no rest no peace always

traveling do you travel fast very fast

like the wind well in seven years you

have been to a lot of places then oh but

I am a prisoner cried the Phantom and it

shook the train again a terrible sound

in the Silence of the night I was also a

prisoner in my life because I didn't try

to help others but you were a good man

of business Jacob Scrooge was thinking

of himself to business what was my

business my business was people my

business was charity my business was

love my business was goodness but I

didn't do anything good I lived with my

eyes closed I didn't see the poor and

hungry people in the streets but now I

must go

listen I'm listening Jacob Scrooge said

I am here tonight to tell you something

there is still hope for you I benissa

you still have a chance you were always

a good friend Jacob thank you you will

see three ghosts Scrooge looked

frightened they the hope and the chance

you spoke about Jacob yes well I don't

want to see them you must

if you don't want to be like me you must

the first spirit will come at 1:00

o'clock tomorrow morning can't they all

come at 1:00 o'clock and finish it

quickly Jacob the second will come on

the next night at the same time the

third will come on the night after that

when the church bell strikes 12:00

midnight you will not see me again

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remember my words then the ghost put the

handkerchief round its head and began to

walk towards the winter it asked Scrooge

to follow but when the window opened

Scrooge stopped he was very frightened

because he could hear a great noise of

crying outside the air was full of

ghosts they were moving quickly here and

there and they all wore chains like

Marley's ghost their cries were very sad

there was one old ghost with the big

metal box of money on a chain it was

unhappy because it couldn't help a poor

woman and her baby out in the cold foggy

night without a home Marley's ghost went

out into the night in a moment it was

with the other ghosts and all of them

disappeared Scrooge closed the window

and went to the door it was locked

did Marnie's ghost really come through a

locked door bah he said and he began to

say Humbert but stopped he didn't want

to say it now it was late and he was

tired so he went to bed and fell asleep

immediately chapter 3 the first spirit

when screwed woke up it was very dark

the church clock struck 12:00 12:00 said

Scrooge surprised but it was after 2

o'clock when I went to bed it's

impossible that clock is wrong he got

out of bed and went to the window but he

couldn't see much

it was dark foggy and very cold he went

back to bed and began to think was it

all a dream was Marley's ghost really

here he said to himself suddenly he

remembered the ghosts words the first

spirit will come at 1 o'clock tomorrow

morning so he decided to wait and see

after a long time he heard the church

clock it's 1 o'clock

said Scrooge and there's nobody here at

that moment there was a great light in

the room and the curtains of his bed

opened yes a hand opened the curtain in

front of his face he sat up and saw a

strange person it was small like a child

but it was also like an old man it's

long hair was white but its face looked

young it was wearing white clothes with

summer flowers on them there was a piece

of green holly in its hand are you the

first spirit asked Scrooge yes I am the

visitor replied in a quiet voice who and

what are you I am the ghost of Christmas

past whose past your past why are you

here to help you I thank you Scrooge

said if you want to help me let me sleep

get up and walk with me said the spirit

and it took his arm

Scrooge wanted to say that it was late

the weather was very cold and his bed

was warm but the spirit took him to the

window no I'll fall Scrooge said a

spirit put its hand on his heart if I

touch you here you won't fall it said

then they went through the wall and

suddenly they were standing on a road in

the country there was snow in the fields

good heavens

Scrooge tried this is where I was born I

was a boy here and he remembered all his

old feelings about the place your lip is

trembling said the ghost are you crying

no no answered Scrooge but a tear fell

from his eye they walked along the road

towards a little town with a bridge a

church and a river some boys came out of

a school they were laughing and singing

because it was a holiday they shouted

Merry Christmas

to each other they are all in the past

a ghost said they are only shadows

Scrooge knew all of them and he felt

suddenly happy why did his cold eyes and

heart become warm with joy what did

merry christmas' mean to him he didn't

like Christmas the school is not empty

said the spirit one child is still there

he hasn't got any friends I know I know

Scrooge said and there were big tears in

his eyes they went into the school a big

old dark place inside there was a long

classroom it looked sad and empty with

only a few desks and chairs in it a

little boy was sitting at one of the

desks he was reading a book by a small

fire screw

sat down on a chair and cried because he

knew that the little boy was himself

many years ago that's me he said I was

left here one Christmas poor boy

oh I would like to but it's too late now

what is it asked the spirit nothing you

see there was a poor boy outside my

office last night he was singing a

Christmas carol but I didn't give him

anything and I told him to go away

the spirit smiled let's see another

Christmas then everything changed

the boy was bigger and the room looked

older and darker Scrooge saw himself

again he was walking sadly up and down

then the door opened and a little girl

rabbit she was younger than the boy she

said happily and she put her arms round

his neck and kissed him home Fanny the

boy asked the girl laughed she began to

pull him towards the door bring master

Scrooge's luggage to the coach somebody

shouted in a terrible voice it was the

teacher and when he came in the boy was

very frightened

Master Scrooge said the teacher in his

terrible voice goodbye sir the boy

answered trembling but when he got into

the coach with his sister he felt happy

your sister had a very good ha said the

ghost when she died she left one child

your nephew yes screwd remembered the

conversation with his nephew in his

office the afternoon before and he felt

bad about

suddenly they were standing at the door

of an office in the city

it was Christmas again I know this place

very well and there's old mr. Fezziwig

alive again

oh dear old Fezziwig mr. Fezziwig was a

fat happy man with a red face he was

working at a desk he shouted stop your

work

Scrooge now a young man came in with his

friend dick

it's Christmas Eve boys we must

celebrate said Fezziwig let's stop

working close the office so they put

away all the books and papers and made a

big fire then a man came in and started

to play the violin mrs. Fezziwig and the

three missed fezziwig's arrived and then

a lot of young people came and everybody

began to dance to the music then there

were games and more dances cake and hot

wine and more dances and there was lots

of roast beef and beer and mince pies

too it was a wonderful party at eleven

o'clock

everybody said Mary and the party

finished while screwed was watching all

this he laughed and sang and wanted to

dance he remembered it all and enjoyed

it very much you and Dick and everybody

loved mr. Fezziwig the ghost said to him

but why that party was a very small

thing it cost only three or four pounds

so why did you all love him so much a

small thing answered Scrooge no Fezziwig

with our manager so he could make us

happy or unhappy he could make our work

easy or hard he gave us a lot of

happiness and that was like a fortune in

money then screwed looked sadly at the

ghost what are you thinking about it

asked

I was thinking that I would like to

speak to my clerk

now um there isn't much time said the

guests we must be quick at that moment

the scene vanished and they were

standing in the open air Scrooge saw a

man of about forty it was himself again

and his face showed the first signs of

the problems of business and a passion

of the money he was sitting next to a

young girl dressed in black

it was his fiancee Belle she was crying

quietly she loved something more than me

there benissa she said what money you

are afraid of life you are afraid of the

world and so you do only one thing make

money then you feel more secure money is

your passion now no he said angrily my

feelings for you haven't changed Belle

but you have changed when you promised

to marry me you were a different person

I was a boy he said and so my love is

nothing do you know you aren't happy

with me and you don't want to marry me

I've never said that not in words no but

I know it's true I haven't got any money

so you don't want me well you're free to

go I hope you will be happy and Belle

went

sadly away spirit Scrooge cried don't

show me anymore take me home there's one

more see no no more I don't want to see

it but suddenly they were in a room

where a beautiful young girl was sitting

near a big fire next to her satyr mother

this was Belle now older the room was

full of children and there was a lot of

noise

but Belle and her daughter liked it and

the daughter began to play with the

children then the father came in with a

lot of Christmas presents he gave them

to the children and they laughed and

shouted happily finally they went to bed

and the house was quiet the father sat

by the fire with his wife and daughter

Scrooge looked at them and thought how

sad that I don't have a wife and

daughter Belle said the husband to his

wife I saw your old friend this

afternoon who was it mr. Scrooge yes I

passed his office window and he was

there he hasn't got a friend in the

world his old partner Marley is dying

spirit take me away said Scrooge these

things happen

the ghost answered and they cannot be

chained please take me back I can't

watch this anymore at that moment the

spirit disappeared and screwed was in

his bedroom again he felt very tired so

he got into bed and fell asleep chapter

4 the second spirit Scrooge woke up

opened his bed curtain and looked around

he was ready to see anything but when

one o'clock struck nothing happened

after a while he saw a strong light in

the next room he got out of bed and went

slowly to the door Scrooge said a voice

come in neben Issa the room was his room

but it was different on the walls there

was some green Holly with red berries

and mistletoe and ivy in the fireplace

was a great fire on the floor there was

a lot of food turkey goose chicken

rabbit pork and sausages as well as

mince pies puddings fruit cakes

and hot punch and on the sofa sat a very

large man a giant and he was holding up

a torch

camon said the ghost Scrooge went and

stood in front of this giant but he

didn't look at it he was too frightened

I am the ghost of Christmas present said

the spirit look at me

so Scrooge looked he saw that the spirit

was smiling it had kind gentle eyes

there was Holi around its long dark hair

its face was young and happy you have

never seen anybody like me before it

said never and you have never met any of

my brothers no how many brothers have

you got more than 18-hundred I am the

youngest spirit Scrooge said take me

where you want I learnt a good lesson

last night touch my clothes when Scrooge

did this the room disappeared and he

stood in the city streets on Christmas

morning there was a lot of snow

some people were playing and throwing

snowballs others were buying food in the

shops it was a busy cheerful scene and

the bells were ringing

then a lot of poor people came along the

street with their Christmas dinners of

goose or chicken they were taking them

to the Baker's shops to be cooked in the

oven the spirit took Scrooge to one of

these shops and touched some of the

dinners with its torch what are you

doing

Scrooge asked I am making these dinners

extra good so that people will be

happier it replied smiling after a while

screwed followed the ghost to the

suburbs of the city they went to the

house of Bob Cratchit his Clark

the kind ghost touched the house with

its torch then they went in mrs.

Cratchit and her daughter Belinda were

preparing the table for Christmas dinner

young Peter Cratchit was helping them

suddenly two little cratchits ran in and

shouted that the goose was ready at the

baker's then the oldest daughter Martha

arrived and after her came Bob with his

little son Tiny Tim on his shoulder the

child was a cripple and he walked around

on a small crutch young Peter went to

fetch the goose when he came back all

the children in the family shouted

because they didn't often eat goose

Belinda made some applesauce mrs.

Cratchit prepared the potatoes and the

gravy

Martha put the hot plates on the table

finally everything was ready when mrs.

Cratchit cut the goose everybody cried

again and Tiny Tim hit the table with

his knife the goose was small but they

all said it was the best goose in the

world and at every bit of it then mrs.

Cratchit brought in the Christmas

pudding with brandy on it she lit the

brandy with a match and when they were

all eating they said

weren't nobody said all thoughts that it

was a very small pudding for a big

family after dinner the Cratchit Sat

round the fire they had apples and

oranges and hot chestnuts then bob

served some hot wine a Merry Christmas

to us all he said the family shouted and

God bless every one said Tiny Tim in his

weak voice he said very near his father

Bob loved his son very much and he held

Tiny Tim's thin little hand will Tiny

Tim live spirit Scrooge asked I see an

empty chair replied the ghost and a

small crutch but not Tiny Tim if the

future does not change the child will

die no no said Scrooge say he will live

kind spirit if the future is not changed

he will not see another Christmas but

you think that's a good thing don't you

you said there are too many people in

the world

Scrooge didn't answer and he didn't look

in the ghosts eyes he felt very bad

those were wicked words Ebenezer Scrooge

two ghosts continued do you think you

can decide who will live or die are you

better than this poor man's child or

millions like him perhaps you are worse

in God's eyes Scrooge trembled and

looked at the ground suddenly he heard

his name mr. Scrooge let's drink to mr.

Scrooge it was Bob Cratchit and he was

holding up his glass drink to Mister

screws mrs. Cratchit angrily going to

that hard old miser what are you saying

Robert Cratchit my dear the children

it's Christmas day I know that but I

would like to tell mr. screwed what I

think of him you know how bad he is my

dear it's Christmas Day well I'll drink

to him because it's Christmas

a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

mr. Scrooge but you won't be merry all

happy I know the children drank -

Scrooge - but his name was like a dark

shadow in the room and for a few minutes

they were silent then they told stories

and sang songs and they felt better

the cratchits were poor and they looked

for their clothes were old there were

big holes in their shoes Bob Cratchit

salary was very small he never had

enough money and there was never much

food in the house but the family was

contented now because it was Christmas

screwd watched them carefully he

listened to them well and he looked at

Tiny Tim very often before the family

seen vanished

it was dark now and snow was falling

Scrooge and the ghosts walked along the

streets and saw great fires in the

houses their families and friends were

enjoying Christmas together the ghost

was happy to see the celebrations it

laughed and where it passed people

laughed too and then Scrooge heard a

loud it was his nephews he saw him in a

bright warm room when his nephew laughed

the other people in the room laughed

with him the nephew loved and he

believed it too he's stupid and bad Fred

said his wife well he's a strange man

and he isn't very happy but he's very

rich Fred yes my dear but he doesn't do

anything with his money he doesn't help

others and he lives like a poor man

nobody likes him I don't like him

he makes me angry I'm not angry with him

I feel sorry for him because he doesn't

enjoy his life he never laughs he didn't

want to eat with us today but I'm going

to ask him every year I'll say how are

you Uncle Scrooge

come and eat with us then they played

some music and sang after that there

were games when they played twenty

questions

Scrooge forgot that they couldn't hear

him and he shouted his answers then his

nephew thought of something and

everybody asked him questions is this an

animal yes does it live in the city yes

is it a horse no it wasn't a dog a cat

or a pigeon

it made horrible noises sometimes it

talked and nobody liked it I shouted

Fred's wife it's your Uncle Scrooge

she was right a Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year to the old man said Fred

screwed wanted to say this to Fred at

the scene vanished and he and the ghosts

traveled again

Scrooge noticed that the spirit looked

older its hair was gray now is your life

so short he asked very short it ends

tonight at midnight it's 11:45 I haven't

got much time look looked down here the

spirit opened its coat and Scrooge

soared to children on the ground a boy

and a girl

they were very thin their clothes were

old and poor and they were trembling

with cold they looked very hungry their

eyes were sad they looked older than

children and they were ugly like

monsters Scrooge was shocked are they

yours

he asked no they are man's they belong

to humanity

haven't they got a house or a family

aren't there a lot of prisons a spirit

replied and aren't there any work houses

oh no no those are my words

Scrooge cried the church clock struck

twelve he looked around for the ghost

but it wasn't there then he remembered

old Jacob Molly's words the third Spirit

will come 12 midnight chapter 5 the last

of the spirits another phantom was

coming towards him it was tall and

silent Scrooge couldn't see its face or

its body because it was wearing long

black clothes and a black hood there was

something mysterious about it when it

came near him

screwed was very frightened it didn't

speak or move I you the ghost of

Christmas yet to come

he asked the spirit didn't answer but

it's long white hand came out from the

black clothes and pointed down are you

going to show me things from the future

Scrooge asked his legs were trembling a

lot and so he couldn't follow the ghost

when it moved away it stopped and waited

for him he couldn't see its eyes but he

felt that they were looking at him this

ghost was the most frightening of the

three ghosts of the future he cried I'm

very frightened of you but I know that

you want to help me so I'll go with you

please speak to me it made no reply it's

long hand pointed ahead all right I'll

come said Scrooge so the ghost carried

him to the center of London at a place

called the exchange he saw a lot of

businessman

their pockets were full of money they

were walking around and talking to each

other they often jingles the money in

their pockets and looked as their

watches Scrooge knew many of them when

the ghost stopped near three men he

could hear their conversation no I don't

know much said one very fat man I only

know he's dead

when did he die another man asked last

night I think I saw he would never die

was he very ill god knows what about his

money asked a man with a very red face I

don't know replied the fat man he hasn't

left it to me everybody laughed

the funeral will be very cheap because

only a few people will go the fat man

continued I'll go if there's a big lunch

the red-faced man said another laugh and

then the men went away Scrooge looked at

the ghost who were they talking about he

asked but the ghost said nothing it went

into the street and showed Scrooge two

men he knew them they were rich and

important business men first they said

hello then one of them said well he's

finally dead oh yes I've heard answered

his companion a cold isn't it very cold

but it's the right weather for Christmas

would you like to come ice skating no

thank you

I'm too busy good morning that was the

end of their conversation screwd was

surprised who were they talking about he

couldn't think of anybody old Marley

died seven years ago and this ghost was

showing him the future he decided to

wait and see

he looked around but he couldn't see

himself anywhere wasn't he there in the

future silent and black

the ghosts stood near him he knew that

it was watching him and he trembled

they went into a poor part of the city

where the streets were dirty and narrow

there were dark shops and houses and the

people looked ugly and miserable a lot

of them were drunk rubbish was

everywhere and there were bad smells the

quarter was full of dangerous criminals

Scrooge followed the ghost into a small

dark shop it was full of dirty old

things bottles clothes keys chains a man

of about 70 with gray hair sat near a

fire and smoked his pipe then a woman

came in with a big heavy box in her arms

she put it on the floor sat down open it

Oh Joe she said and give me the money

the man opened the box

he said babe curtains did you take him

while he was in bed yes why not

there was nobody with him there are

blankets

- he's blanket of course he won't need

them where he's going he's a beautiful

expensive shirt - it was wearing it for

his funeral I thought what a pity this

is a very fine shirt but nobody will

wear it again

so I took it off him you did well madam

laughed old Joe you're a clever woman eh

you'll make a fortune one day I must

think of myself like him it was a

selfish old miser I cleaned his rooms

and his clothes I worked very hard for

him but he never gave me anything I

wanted to take more things but his

housekeeper took them before me just

then the housekeeper came in she had a

large bag full of sheets towels clothes

and shoes now look in my bag old Joe she

said and tell me how much you give me

old Joe counted up the money for

thing in the box and the bag and wrote

some numbers on the wall that's how much

I'll give you he said and no more I

always give too much and so on poor then

he opened a dirty bag and put the money

on the floor when he was alive he

frightened people and they hated him so

we get the profits now that he's dead

Scrooge watched this in horror spirit I

see and I understand this could happen

to me Oh God what's this now the scene

changed and he was near a bed

it had no blankets or curtains there was

only an old sheet with something under

it the body of a dead man

a ghost pointed at the head but Scrooge

couldn't pull down the sheet and look at

the dead man's face he was shaking with

terror the body was cold rigid and alone

in that dark room how terrible thought

Scrooge not a man woman or child to say

that he was kind to them in life and to

remember him with love then he heard the

sound of rats behind the walls were they

waiting were they going to jump on the

bed and spirit he said what a horrible

place I'll always remember this scene

can we go now but the ghost still

pointed at the dead man's head I

understand Scrooge said but I can't do

it I asked you to show me somebody who

is sorry that this man is dead

the ghost took him to Bob Cratchit's

house mother and children were sitting

around the fire they were quiet very

quiet

the little Cratchit sank like statues in

a corner Peter was reading when his

father coming he asked he's late but I

think he walks

now I remember when he walked very fast

with with Tiny Tim on his shoulder said

the mother

but Tiny Tim was very light and his

father loved him so much ah there's your

father at the door Bob came in he drank

some tea while the two little cratchits

put their faces close to his saying so

Bob tried to be cheerful I suddenly he

cried my little child my little boy he

went to a room upstairs it looked as

bright and happy as Christmas he sat on

a chair next to the bed there was a

little child on it

it was Tiny Tim and he wasn't sleeping

he was dead

Bob kissed the little face then he went

downstairs I met mr. Scrooge's nephew in

the street he told the family he asked

me why I was so sad when I told him he

said he was very sorry and wanted to

help us I think he's going to find a job

for Peter he's a very good man said mrs.

Cratchit yes children when you all leave

home in a few years you won't forget

Tiny Tim will you they all cried thank

you I feel happier now Bob said Scrooge

said to the ghost oh please tell me who

that dead man was the ghost took him

near his office but it didn't stop wait

said Scrooge my office is in that house

let me go and see what I'll be in the

future the ghosts continued walking

Scrooge ran to the window of his office

and looked in he saw an office but it

wasn't his

everything was different including the

man of the desk he followed the ghost

again it stopped at the gate of a

cemetery am I going to learn the dead

man's name now asked Scrooge the spirit

led him to a grave he went near it

trembling before I look at the name he

said answer me one question is it really

necessary for these things to happen or

are they only possible the ghost didn't

answer

I mean if men changed their lives and

become better will the future change to

is this what you want to tell me the

ghost was silent screwed went slowly

towards the grave still trembling he

read the name on the gravestone a

Bernese ax screw he fell on his knees

I was the dead man in the bed o spirit

oh no no listen I've changed I won't be

the same man as before

tell me there is still hope please tell

me that if I change my life the things

that you have shown me will be different

but spirits hand trembled I will

celebrate Christmas with all my heart

Scrooge continued and I'll always try to

have the Christmas spirit every day of

the year I will live in the past the

present and the future I will not forget

the lessons that they teach Oh tell me

that I can clean the name off this stone

Scrooge held up his hands to the ghost

but suddenly it vanished

there was only a beg curtain in front of

his eyes

chapter 6 the bed was his the road was

his

and best of all he still had time to be

a better man he jumped out of bed I will

live with the spirits of the past

present and future in me he said on his

knees and with tears in his eyes

Thank You Jacob Molly god bless

Christmas then he put on his clothes my

clothes are here I am here but the

future is not here yet and I can change

it he said a laughing and crying at the

same time what shall I do first oh I

feel as light as a feather

I must happy as an angel a merry

Christmas to everybody and a happy new

year to all the world he danced in the

sitting room and looked around

there's the door where Jacob Marley came

in there's the place where the ghost of

Christmas presents at there's the window

when I saw the ghosts in the air it's

all right it's all true it's all

happened and he laughed and laughed then

the church bells rang dingdong dingdong

it was a glorious sound he opened the

window and put out his head no fog it

was a bright sunny day and the air was

cold and sweet what's today Scrooge

shouted to a boy in the street hey the

boy looked very surprised what's today

my boy it's Christmas time Christmas Day

Scrooge said happily to himself so the

spirits did everything in one night hey

boy do you know the butcher's shop in

the next street

of course you're an intelligent boy do

you know if they've sold that big turkey

in the window you mean the one as big as

me what a nice boy said Scrooge yes

that's one now it's still there is it oh

good go and buy it for me will you tell

them to bring it here if you come back

in five minutes I'll give you half a

crown the boy ran as fast as possible

to the shop I'll send it to Bob

Cratchit's drew said no who sent it and

he wrote Bob's address on a piece of

paper when the butcher's man arrived

with the enormous turkey screwed told

him to call a cab he paid for the turkey

and the cab and he gave the boy half a

crown he was laughing all the time then

he put on his coat and walked along the

street he looked at all the people with

a happy smile people said to him and

Scrooge answered in the same way ah

there are the two gentlemen who were

asking for money in my office yesterday

he said how do you do my dear sirs

a merry Christmas to you and mr. Scrooge

asked one of them yes that's my name and

perhaps you don't like me please excuse

me for yesterday listen

Scrooge spoke quietly in the man's ear

now are you serious mr. Scrooge man was

very surprised of course can you do me

that favor my dear Scrooge that's very

generous I don't know what to say to

thank you don't say anything

come and see me tomorrow I'll give it to

them

all right then Scrooge continued walking

he watched the people he kissed a little

children he played with some dogs he

looked at everything with love and he

felt very happy in the afternoon he went

to his nephews house everybody was in

the dining room

Fred said Scrooge at the door my god

who's that cried Fred it's your Uncle

Scrooge I've come to dinner can I come

in and Fred come in of course uncle

you're very welcome everybody was happy

to see Scrooge and he was happy to see

them they at a wonderful dinner and then

they played wonderful games and had a

wonderful time

Scrooge was in his office earlier the

next morning he was waiting for Bob

Cratchit of course he knew Bob would be

late 9 o'clock and know Bob a quarter

past 9 no Bob at 9:20 Bob ran in he went

into his room immediately and started to

work fast hello

Scrooge said in his old angry voice

you're late

I'm very sorry sir Bob answered are you

come here Cratchit it's only once a year

sir said poor Bob it won't happen again

well my friend I hope not Scrooge said

with a big smile because I'm going to

give you a bigger salary Bob trembled he

couldn't believe his ears a Merry

Christmas Bob said Scrooge this will be

your happiest Christmas yes I'm going to

give you a lot more money and I'm going

to help your poor family come on make a

very big fire and let's have a drink Bob

Cratchit

Scrooge gave Bob more money helped his

family and did much more Tiny Tim did

not die and screwd was a second father

to him he became a good friend a good

manager and a good man a few people

laughed at him of course but he knew

that some people always laugh at

anything new strange and good he often

laughed now and that was the most

important thing to him he didn't see the

spirits again and he celebrated every

Christmas with all his heart and like

Tiny Tim he said god bless everyone

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