A Christmas Carol
An old miser driven by greed. He has no sympathy for the poor, does nothing to any individual person in need nor his greater community, and thinks it is foolish to celebrate Christmas.
“If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with a ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”
Scrooge’s overworked and underpaid clerk. Money is tight for him and his family, but they find strength in their love for each other and their hope for the future.
“It’s not that often I get the day off to spend with my beautiful family. With all of you together I have everything in the world a man could possibly ask for.”
Scrooge’s nephew. A good-hearted, generous young man who refuses to let his uncle ruin his merry Christmas.
“I always think of Christmas as a good time – a kind, charitable, pleasant time. It is the only time I know of in the year when we open our hearts freely to one another.”
Fred’s new wife. Lily is kind and welcoming, even to Scrooge!
“Under all that sourness I believe there’s still a good man trying to get out.”
The youngest of the Cratchit children. He is not in good health—he wears a brace on his leg and needs a crutch to walk—but he has a big heart.
“God bless us every one.”
Scrooge’s former business partner, now a ghost; he has been dead for seven years. Marley never turned from his selfish, heartless ways, and his spirit now wanders the earth in chains as punishment.
“I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link. Yard by yard.”
The Ghost of Christmas Past
A benevolent spirit who conjures up scenes from Scrooge’s past to remind him that Christmas did mean something to him once.
“I told you these were shadows of the things that have been. That they are what they are, do not blame me!”
Scrooge’s older sister and Fred’s mother. As a child, Scrooge had little family—his mother died giving birth to him, and his father was in a workhouse—but Fan loved him dearly.
“I had to see my little brother for Christmas!”
Scrooge and Marley’s boss when they were younger. He is a kind, generous man who holds a wonderful Christmas party every year for his employees.
“If I die penniless, I will die happy. There’s more to life than money.”
A beautiful, kind, but poor young girl. She and Scrooge were engaged before he learned to care only for money.
“Little by little I have seen all joy in your life replaced by your passion for money.”
The Ghost of Christmas Present
A cheerful and lively spirit who takes Scrooge to visit holiday celebrations in the present and sprinkles Christmas cheer on those who need it most.
“Every Christmas, another brother or sister tries to spread happiness and Christmas cheer. We are also charged with the task of removing the causes of human misery. Which explains my little visit to you.”
Bob’s beloved wife. She takes care of their four children, working hard to stretch her husband’s small salary to pay for their needs. She resents Scrooge for his stinginess.
“No matter where you are, or how far apart we may all be, you’ll make this pudding and remember all of us together at Christmas.”
The Ghost of Christmas Future
A silent, looming spirit who shows Scrooge the dismal events to come if he does not change his behavior and open his heart.