In Stave One We learn the character of Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit, Scrooge being a snobby humbug well, and just a scrooge in general — he’s almost a parody of himself. Bob is kindhearted and is willing to see the good in everyone even his employer Mr. Scrooge. Later, we are introduced to the ghost of Bob Marley, Ebenezer’s old business partner, dead seven years ago. With this visit, Marley warns his partner that if he does not change his not so merry ways he will join him in the after-life barring changes of misery. Bob also informs Ebenezer that he will be visited by three ghosts to steer him in the right direction.
As I’ve said in previous posts, I had not read this story since middle school but saw the Disney version numerous times growing up. Unfortunately, because of this I kept picturing Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit as Scrooge McDuck and Mickey Mouse.
I love how the novel begins, with Scrooge scrutinizing everyone and thing that crosses his path, setting the tone for the book. Charles Dicken’s descriptions are so vivid and rich in detail that the characters come to life. Marley’s chains clattering or his head subtly become the door-knocker is so simply put but sends chills down your spine with apprehension. It’s almost like A Christmas Carol scares you into being a good person.