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Ebenezer Scrooge is a selfish penny-pinching miser He doesnt care for the people around him and mankind exists only for the money that he can make through business In particular Mr Scrooge detests Christmas which he views as a useless time that only interrupts his business for 2 days a year After a day of harassing those who are celebrating Christmas Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley who had died seven Christmas Eves ago Marley a man from the same mold as Scrooge is suffering the consequences in the afterlife of not being generous and giving and hopes to help Scrooge avoid his fate He tells Scrooge that he will be haunted by three spirits the ghosts of Christmas past present and future to try and succeed in showing Scrooge the error of his ways Scrooge is first visited by Christmas past where a young boy and girl and their mother and father visit him and show him the Christmases of past and one such scene was when it showed him as a young child when his eldest sister came to pick him up from his boarding schools after years of being alienated by his father In the next vision Scrooge is shown as a teenager with his love and then is shown losing her on Christmas Eve do to his selfish ways At this point he is beginning to feel the Christmas spirit but is not thoroughly convinced to change The next ghost that visits him is the ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge is shown the family of Bob Cratchit his poor underpaid clerk who also has a crippled son After seeing the struggles that Scrooges selfishness causes the Cratchits and then begins to show concern for the family He also begins to desperately ask the spirit if Little Tim Cratchits crippled son will die At this point Scrooge is beginning
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