Scrooge Visits His Nephew

Scrooge Visits His Nephew Fiction Victorian Age Visual Arts

Ebenezer Scrooge awakens in his own house, in his own bedroom, after an eventful night. It is Christmas morning.

A changed man, Scrooge decides to visit his nephew, Fred.  Although he’d turned-down a dinner reservation the day before, Uncle Ebenezer knocks on his nephew’s door, surprising all inside.

This image, by Arthur Rackman, illustrates part of the text of a 1915 edition of A Christmas Carol  (printed in Britain and published by J.B. Lippincott Company Philadelphia and New York). The text appears between pages 144-45:

He passed the door a dozen times before he had the courage to go up and knock. But he made a dash and did it.

'Is your master at home, my dear?' said Scrooge to the girl. 'Nice girl! Very.'

'Yes, sir.'

'Where is he, my love?' said Scrooge.

'He's in the dining-room, sir, along with mistress. I'll show you upstairs, if you please.'

'Thankee. He knows me,' said Scrooge, with his hand already on the dining-room lock. 'I'll go in here, my dear.'

He turned it gently, and sidled his face in round the door. They were looking at the table (which was spread out in great array); for these young housekeepers are always nervous on such points, and like to see that everything is right.

'Fred!' said Scrooge.

Dear heart alive, how his niece by marriage started! Scrooge had forgotten, for the moment, about her sitting in the corner with the footstool, or he wouldn't have done it on any account.

'Why, bless my soul!' cried Fred, 'who's that?'

'It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred?'

Let him in! It is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off. He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier. His niece looked just the same. So did Topper when he came. So did the plump sister when she came. So did every one when they came. Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!

Scrooge isn’t finished with his merry-making.  He has a present-in-store for Bob Cratchit (his longsuffering clerk).

Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy Project Gutenberg.


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