It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s.

Background.

itemIt’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s” 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.

 

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 Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, introducing the cold-hearted, miserly nature of the character to the reader.

item Scrooge is visited in his counting-house by two benefactors wishing to make provision for the poor and destitute at this time of year. Scrooge angrily replies that prisons and workhouses are the only charities he is willing to support and the gentlemen leave empty-handed. Later on that night his words are used against him by the three ghosts that visit.

 

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