The only body part visible to Scrooge is an outstretched hand. Scrooge looks out and sees the air filled with chained spirits, including many that he recognizes as figures from his past who had not regretted their actions in time. He says business is nothing in comparison to the trade of human woes that he deals in. Marley promises Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts each at one o'clock in the morning for the next three days, but even after Marley leaves, Scrooge barely believes he has seen anything beyond his own imagination. The ghost wears a white tunic and holds a branch of fresh green holly in its hand. Scrooge sees them without knowing that he is the man from whom they steal, and he is disgusted by their greed. It suggests that even though cruelty seems to reign, the goodness embodied by the Christmas message can always find a way through, through the fog, through the keyhole.
Marley cannot stay long, with many journeys ahead of him. Scrooge is horrified to realize that the first place this ghost leads him is to someone's home after his death! The elder Cratchit child — an industrious, bright, energetic, positive force in the family. Fan Scrooge's sister; Fred's mother. Must move well and must not be claustrophobic. Funny if a little gross. The narrator describes the building as completely out of place, as if it was once playing hide and seek and got stuck in its hiding place.
Young Ensemble: Dancers and singers playing young carolers, townspeople, young workers, etc. Bob Cratchit: Cratchit is an accountant who works for Scrooge, and he is a kind and loving family man. Tiny Tim's guileless nature impresses Scrooge, and when he learns from the Ghost of Christmas Present that Tiny Tim will die soon, Scrooge is saddened. The two men had built a reputation of being shrewd and merciless loan sharks in their community. Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley, and three ghosts that represent different stages of Scrooge's life.
Upon meeting one of them on the street after his visitations, he promises to make lavish donations to help the poor. The Ghost of Christmas Past Sure enough, Scrooge is visited by the first ghost that night, a child-like looking creature, yet old, with white hair, muscular arms, and a white robe. The ghost explains that he is the ghost of Scrooge's own past. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Although the couple knows that it is wrong to rejoice in someone's death, they cannot help but feel relieved that they no longer owe Scrooge money.
Cratchit Bob's wife, a kind and loving woman. In love with her husband and entirely convinced of the goodness of those around her and the bounty of the world. Scrooge is now terrified and vows to listen. The ghost commands Scrooge to touch his robe, which Scrooge does, and he is instantly transported to the outside present world. There is a sadness about her; she holds people to high standards and, predictably, ends up horribly disappointed with Scrooge. But if Scrooge chooses not to listen to these visitors, there is no hope for him.
The power of light and music to shine through the winter gloom is a visual way of showing the moral of this story. . Scrooge begs the ghost to tell him that this fate can be changed if he changes his ways, but the ghost doesn't answer him. This is the sweet, innocent Scrooge before he becomes the Scrooge of legend. Scrooge, however, aggressively fights it off.
Dickens describes this ghost as clad in a black garment that conceals its face and body. This leads us into the meeting with the final ghost. He also notifies Scrooge that three more ghosts are scheduled to visit him. Marley appears to Scrooge on Christmas Eve to tell him of the cumbersome burden that he bears in death because he neglected his duty toward others in life. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his contemporaries' Holiday celebrations.
Quirky and funny — but with great pathos. When he learns that is not the case, his heart is broken — as is ours. It is at this point in the story where we hear Scrooge say his famous phrase, 'Bah humbug! He appears to Scrooge as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Even the beggars in the street are silent when he passes. Marley was presumably made visible to Scrooge for this visit as part of the arrangement among the spirits to convince Scrooge to change his ways. He is transparent but has heavy, locked chains wrapped around his body.
The greatest sorrow in Cratchit's life is that his young son, Tiny Tim, is very ill. He gets out of bed, opens his door, and sees that his home has been transformed into a Christmas feast! Marley died seven years before the narrative opens. He then sees the portly gentleman who had asked for a donation the previous day and promises him one. From this exchange, it sounds like Marley was at least somewhat generous. She has learned much from her mother about caring for a house and caring for people.
Yet we have heard that Marley was at least somewhat generous in his lifetime. The second eldest Cratchit child who works in a textile factory away from home. He also sees the Ghost of Christmas Present, who looked much like an old-fashioned Father Christmas. Works with Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, and Google Slides. Scrooge asks Marley to sit. Just as Scrooge seems unaffected by the cold and darkness, he also shuns his feelings of fear and refuses to trust his senses or give in to them. Scrooge keeps the coal bucket and will not allow Cratchit to take any.