Fezziwig Dancing at the Ball

Fezziwig Dancing at the Ball Fiction Visual Arts Ethics

Mr. Fezziwig bows to his wife as the two begin a dance at the Christmas-Eve ball.  A source of inspiration for Scrooge, even in his later life, Fezziwig is a good man who cares about his family, about his employees and about living a meaningful life.

As he observes this scene from his past, Scrooge makes the following observation about Fezziwig:

He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil.  Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up: what then?  The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.

Hearing these words from the old miser makes us think that perhaps there’s hope for Scrooge, after all, despite the way he is living his later life.

Arthur Rackham created this image for a 1915 edition of “A Christmas Carol.”  It is entitled:

Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs. Fezziwig

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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 54.  Illustration online, courtesy The Project Gutenberg.




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