Miserly

A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.

Background. "A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone." is a quotation 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.   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. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of [...]

2018-05-11T19:46:41+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.

Background. "Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal." is a quotation 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. This quotation reflects the miserly attitude of the lead character Ebenezer Scrooge. Even though it is mid-Winter time, the mean-spirited Scrooge maintains only a small fire [...]

2018-05-11T19:59:59+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |

Bah! Humbug.

Background. "Bah! Humbug" is a quotation 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; and followed it up with “Humbug." The word humbug was in common use before Charles Dickens wrote this now famous phrase and was used to describe [...]

2017-10-08T19:26:24+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.

Background. "Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it." is a quotation 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. This quotation reflects the miserly attitude of the lead character Ebenezer Scrooge, who prefers to walk up a wide stairs in the dark rather than spend money on lighting the way with a candle (A Christmas Carol was written before [...]

2018-05-11T19:19:21+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |