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Bob Cratchit on Christmas Eve

Bob Cratchit on Christmas Eve Fiction Victorian Age Visual Arts Famous People

After the office of Scrooge & Marley is closed for the day, on Christmas-Eve, Bob Cratchit is so excited about spending the next day with his family that he joins a crowd of boys sliding on the ice.

After he slides with the boys, twenty times, he runs home to Camden Town.  That’s a distance of more than two miles (between the office and his home).

This image (including its caption) depicts that event and illustrates the following passage of the full text:

Bob Cratchit went down a slide on Cornhill,
at the end of a lane of boys, twenty times,
in honour of its being Christmas Eve

The office was closed in a twinkling, and the clerk, with the long ends of his white comforter dangling below his waist (for he boasted no greatcoat), went down a slide on Cornhill, at the end of a lane of boys, twenty times, in honor of its being Christmas Eve, and then ran home to Camden Town as hard as he could pelt, to play at blind man's-buff.

By comparing the text of Dickens' story with the way the scene is often portrayed in film, we note a significant difference. Tiny Tim, Bob's son, is not waiting for his father (outside the office door) and is not sliding with him (as the much-loved father returns home to spend a rare day-off with his family).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 29, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 11, 2016


Media Credits

Image described above, by Arthur Rackham, included in the 1915 edition of “A Christmas Carol” published by J.B. Lippincott Company, at page 16.  

Illustration placed online, courtesy The Project Gutenberg.

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