Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!

Background.

A Christmas Carol

itemBusiness! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1).

item A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.

 

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Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley.

Context.

item The quote is said by the ghost of Jacob Marley, the former business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of A Christmas Carol.

item Taken from the passage in Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol:

Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! It held up its chain at arm’s length, as if that were the cause of all its unavailing grief, and flung it heavily upon the ground again.”.

item In this quote, the ghost of Jacob Marley, has a different perspective on what the term business means to him. He sees that a person’s business is helping others and not the traditional term of the word business that Ebenezer Scrooge sees, of commerce and making money.

 

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