Bob Cratchit at Scrooge & Marley

Bob Cratchit at Scrooge & Marley Visual Arts Fiction Victorian Age Famous People

It was nearly impossible for Bob Cratchit to stay warm at the office. His “master”—Ebenezer Scrooge—severely restricted the coal which Cratchit could use for the fireplace.

In the full text of “A Christmas Carol,” we learn that Bob’s working space is so small it’s like a “cell” or a “tank.” 

For an American-published version of the Scrooge story, Sol Eytinge created a wood engraving which depicts Cratchit trying to stay warm. The image, depicted above, illustrates this passage of the full text:

The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who was in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.

Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would not be necessary for them to part. Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of a strong imagination, he failed.  (From “A Christmas Carol,” Stave One, "Marley's Ghost.”)

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5197stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 28, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 11, 2016

Media Credits

Image entitled “In the Tank,” scanned from Dickens, Charles.  A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. Il. Sol Eytinge, Jr. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868.  The illustration appears at page 14 of the referenced work.

The image was placed online, courtesy Victorian Web and Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, Canada; Associate Professor, Lakehead University.



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