“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” Ebenezer Scrooge must surely be malevolence personified. Not even the jolly spirit of Christmas can warm the clavicles of his frozen heart. But on a dark and dreary winter night, he is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is told to expect three spirits in the following nights: the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. In a saga of poignant change, Scrooge transforms from a wretched miser to a generous soul overcome with Christmas bliss.
A true classic, A Christmas Carol – Stave One is the first part of a defining tale of redemption by one of the true literary greats.