Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

christmas carol stave 3?

i waited till the last minute to read it and i have a quiz to tired to read it can you please tell me a lot of facts from stave 3?

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  • ck1
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    1 decade ago
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    In Stave 3, you have the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Present. Where this ghost goes, things become very cheery: including Scrooge's rather bleak abode. The ghost doesn't come into Scrooge's bedroom, but is in the room beyond. The room has living greenery hanging from the ceiling and it looks like a garden or grove. There is holly, ivy, mistletoe and red berries everywhere; plus there's a cheerful fire blazing away and little mirrors all over the place to reflect light. There's a throne made up of every imaginable Christmas food like goose, turkey, plum puddings, oranges, pears, meat, sausage, mince pies, and bowls of punch (among other things). Seated on this throne is the GIANT Ghost of Christmas Present with a torch that is glowing and is shaped like a horn of plenty. The ghost wears a green robe with a fur trim, his breast and legs/feet are bear, he wears a holly wreath (like a crown) on his head with icicles in various places. He has long, brown hair, twinkling eyes and a merry face and voice. (The ghost tells Scrooge he has over 1800 brothers...the implication is that there is one for each year since Jesus' birth.)

    Scrooge touches the ghost's robe and they're off. The first place is a rather dingy part of town, but Christmas cheer is prevalent as they shovel snow and throw snowballs and help each other.

    Then they go through the market area. There's a long description of the food to be found and a hint of the food being cooked.

    Then the church bells peal and everyone goes to church in their best clothes. While these people are going to a church service, there are others who are carrying their food to the bakers' shops where the food will be cooked. Scrooge sprinkles the food of the poor people with something from his torch to make it better with his own blessing. A couple of times, when anger is about to erupt, the spirit sprinkles water from his torch onto the people and their Christmas cheer and forgiveness are restored.

    About sprinkling the food, this conversation passes:

    "`Would it apply to any kind of dinner on this day.' asked Scrooge.

    `To any kindly given. To a poor one most.'

    `Why to a poor one most.' asked Scrooge.

    `Because it needs it most.'

    `Spirit,' said Scrooge, after a moment's thought,' I wonder you, of all the beings in the many worlds about us, should desire to cramp these people's opportunities of innocent enjoyment.'

    `I.' cried the Spirit.

    `You would deprive them of their means of dining every seventh day, often the only day on which they can be said to dine at all,' said Scrooge. `Wouldn't you.'

    `I.' cried the Spirit.

    `You seek to close these places on the Seventh Day.' said Scrooge. `And it comes to the same thing.'

    `I seek.' exclaimed the Spirit.

    `Forgive me if I am wrong. It has been done in your name, or at least in that of your family,' said Scrooge.

    `There are some upon this earth of yours,' returned the Spirit,' who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.'

    Next they arrive at Bob Cratchit's house, and the Ghost of Christmas Present blesses it with his torch. They go inside (no matter his large size, the ghost can accommodate himself to any place) and see the poor conditions and mended clothes. You see the children - Peter, Belinda, Martha, Tiny Tim and two unnamed children - playing and helping Mrs. Cratchit with her work. Peter is the eldest son and is wearing his father's collar in honor of the fact that he's now old enough to work and help the family. Martha is the eldest daughter and she arrives a bit late from her job. Bob Cratchit has been to church with Tiny Tim. Here's a quote: "He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see." Then you see the meager meal they are sharing and how grateful they are for it. The dinner ends with the pudding, which is pronounced excellent. Then Bob Cratchit makes his rum punch where Bob proposes a toast to Mr. Scrooge - though all object - for the day's sake. Scrooge asks if the lame tiny Tim will live and the answer is no.

    After this, the ghost takes Scrooge all over the world and even to ships on the seas where Christmas is being celebrated. The joy and merriment is to be found everywhere that Christmas is celebrated.

    Next the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to his nephew's house. There is a party going on and Fred is laughing about how his uncle called Christmas a humbug. They all talk about Scrooge and how little his money does for him. (One of the friends, Topper, is going after Fred's wife's sister and all the company are jolly.) They talk, they laugh, they have dinner and tea, they have music and then they have games. In Blind Man's Buff, Topper keeps going after that one sister and it's basically told that there was cheating going on and somehow he can see whom he's chasing. Other games are played and Scrooge really gets into them and acts as though he's joining the party and the games.

    Afterward, Scrooge and the Spirit travel some more. This time they go to impoverished houses, alms-houses, jails, hospitals and anywhere there is misery and the ghost blesses the places and gives a happy ending. All the while the Ghost of Christmas Present is teaching Scrooge his precepts.

    At the end of this night, the ghost's hair has turned gray and he is old. He tells Scrooge that his life on the earth is short...only one day and night. Now Scrooge sees two children hiding beneath the ghost's robes and they are hideous looking creatures. The ghost tells Scrooge they are man's children: the boy is ignorance and the girl is want. The Spirit tells Scrooge to beware them both, but beware the boy more, because there is DOOM written on their brows.

    When the clock strikes twelve, the Spirit is gone and there is a dark phantom coming towards Scrooge.

    And, the time it will take you to read this is probably the same amount of time it would take to read the chapter. Ah, well... :) There's more, of course, like how the Spirit uses Scrooge's own words against him in several cases.

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