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.
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