Characters Archives: Ebenezer Scrooge.

Ebenezer Scrooge is the focal character of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, and arguably both one of the most famous characters created by Charles Dickens and in English literature. The miserly, bitterly cold hearted owner of a London counting-house, a modern accountant’s office, he works with his clerk Bob Catchit.

The tale of Scrooge’s redemption by a visit from his dead business partner and subsequently the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday period. Ebenezer Scrooge is arguably both one of the most famous characters created by Dickens and one of the most famous in English literature.


The term ‘Scrooge’ has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness and misanthropy. Scrooge’s catchphrase, “Bah! Humbug!” is often used to express disgust with many of the modern Christmas traditions.


View our archive of fully referenced quotations said by, or related to the character Ebenezer Scrooge from the classic short story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


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A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.

Background. “A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas […]

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Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!

Background. “Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer […]

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Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.

Background. “Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer […]

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Solitary as an oyster.

Background. “Solitary as an oyster.” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, who […]

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Bah! Humbug.

Background. “Bah! Humbug” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Taken from the line: “Scrooge having no better answer ready on the spur of the moment, said, “Bah!” again; […]

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The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.

Background. “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written […]

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