I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?

Background.

A Christmas Carol.
  • I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?” is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1).

Context.

Quotation said by FredScrooge’s nephew.

Fred visits his uncle on Christmas Eve and invites him to a family dinner. Scrooge replies harsly, saying he wants to be alone. Fred, a jovial character in the story, is determined he will stay cheerful, despite his uncle’s bitterness during an exchange of words.


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

Character Profile: Fred.

Fred is the nephew of Ebenezer Scrooge, the son of his beloved but now dead little sister, Fran. He is Scrooge’s only living relative and also the only person who attempts to pull him out of the miserable isolated world he lives in. Fred is the antithesis of Scrooge in appearance and spirit. He visits his uncle on Christmas Eve and invites him to a family dinner. A jovial character, Fred refuses to let Scrooge’s miserly attitude dampen his sprits despite his uncle’s rebuttals.

Source.

Taken from the following passage of Stave 1 (Marley’s Ghost) of A Christmas Carol:

“Good afternoon,” said Scrooge.

I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?

“Good afternoon,” said Scrooge.

“I am sorry, with all my heart, to find you so resolute. We have never had any quarrel, to which I have been a party. But I have made the trial in homage to Christmas, and I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last. So A Merry Christmas, uncle!”

“Good afternoon!” said Scrooge.

“And A Happy New Year!”

“Good afternoon!” said Scrooge.

His nephew left the room without an angry word, notwithstanding. He stopped at the outer door to bestow the greetings of the season on the clerk, who, cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge; for he returned them cordially.

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