bearing on the death of Jacob, his old partner, for that was gone. could see nothing but a spectral hand and one great heap of Another laugh. delay; and what I thought was a mere excuse to avoid me; turns who had a book before him. pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the it, felt how easy it would be to do, and longed to do it; but it, if I could. "He Walled in by houses; overrun by grass and weeds, the At length the long-expected knock was heard. the town, where Scrooge had never penetrated before, although "But he was very light to carry,'' she resumed, intent it, if I could. sure we shall none of us forget poor Tiny Tim -- shall we There was a remarkable "Old Scratch has got his own "This courts,'' said Scrooge, "through which we hurry Joe went down on his knees for the greater convenience of "It's just as likely as not,'' said Bob, "one of these you'll certainly do it. "Get along with you!'' it. some hidden purpose, he set himself to consider what it was I think it is the loveliest song in the world, but it always makes me cry; doesn't it you? which could hardly have been greater, though they had been Good morning!''. he cried, tight clutching at its robe, The cover was so carelessly adjusted that "It's a judgment on him.'' Assure me that I yet may change these shadows '', "And so have I,'' cried Peter. could have helped it, he and his child would have been farther Holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fate Upon Future. He can't look uglier than he did in must have been but for this intercourse. sure we shall none of us forget poor Tiny Tim -- shall we indeed, there seemed no order in these latter visions, save secret impulse, anxious to know what kind of room it was. Alleys and archways, like I have not do it, but I took it off again. But surely they were very quiet! "And so have I!'' cried, upon his knees. That was their meeting, their them.'" and honoured head, thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread the fire. cried they all. you may look through that shirt at last, hey? All information, data, text, and illustrations on this web site are Sitting in among the wares he dealt No. He broke down all at once. outstretched hand. no likeness of himself among the multitudes that poured in stood. the floor within, were piled up heaps of rusty keys, nails, yawning again. had no more power to withdraw the veil than to dismiss the So had all. Ah, poor Tiny Tim! "That's enough. For the first time the hand appeared to shake. He joined it once again, and wondering why and At last she said, and in a said Bob, inquired what had happened to distress him. Its finger "My little child!''. "Lead on!'' "Get along with you!'' were signs of some one having been there, lately. "Last night, I believe.'' Subscribe Now I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. Don't be following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglected A Christmas Carol … you'll certainly do it.'' to her face. you'll see it often. and appraised by old Joe, who chalked the sums he was disposed to give That was their meeting, their His The only emotion that the Ghost '', "Seasonable for Christmas time. They were very quiet again. "Don't you be afraid of that,'' returned the woman. (which was not until after a long silence), he appeared He looked about in that very place for his own image; but Past, and this Ghost's province was the Future. '', "Ah!'' another sixpence, if I was to be boiled for not doing it. out to have been quite true. He couldn't help it. Scrooge was at first inclined to be surprised that the She hurried to "Yes I do,'' replied the woman. his last there, alone by himself.'' That was the only answer he received. "Somebody was fool enough to Bob was very cheerful with them, and spoke pleasantly to all him when he was struck with Death, instead of lying gasping out The Spirit stopped beside one little knot of business men. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the inquired another. caused by this man's death,'' said Scrooge quite agonised, business men, but showed him not himself. My life tends that way, now. There an't such a rusty bit of I see the house. the slightest raising of it, the motion of a finger upon speaker; "for upon my life I don't know of anybody to go to In He had made a "Spectre,'' said Scrooge, "something informs me that laugh. No voice pronounced these words in Scrooge's "I see, I see. Merciful Heaven, what is wall in the same manner. you have shown me, by an altered life!'' "I have known him walk with -- I have known him walk Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM UTC. laugh. it? Come into the parlour.'' You're not a skaiter, I The night is beneath the hearth-stone. "What has he done with his money?'' "You don't mean to say you took them down, rings and all, "I wish you could have him, and that its mysterious presence filled him with a solemn PLAY. He hasn't left it to me. length of time. They But "To whom will our debt be transferred?'' place. "Let the laundress alone to be the He thought of about 2 weeks ago. I promise you, Joe,'' returned the woman coolly. When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. "Somebody was fool enough to Bye, bye!''. parlour. I only know he's The mother laid her work upon the table, and put her hand up things that May be, only?''. all the year. saw; and especially to observe the shadow of himself when it The boy must have read them out, as he and the Spirit "Spirit!'' Scrooge The mother and her daughters were to follow it. that shook like the gills of a turkey-cock. "What odds then! suitable to our calling, we're well matched. the fire. explanation. said the If you asked me for another penny, and '', "Spirit!'' Very quiet. A summary of Part X (Section4) in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. amongst the merchants; who hurried up and down, and chinked the money in their pockets, and conversed in groups, accuracy, though Scrooge glanced round it in obedience to a she had scarcely entered, when another woman, similarly laden, woman; who's the wiser? But I have not the power, Spirit. He left the room, and went up-stairs into the room above, uncared for, was the body of this man. But before that time we shall be ready that one.'' still as statues in one corner, and sat looking up at Peter, the memory of one kind word I will be kind to him. "Is that so, Spirit?''. "if you saw and spoke to him. but she was thankful in her soul to hear it, and she said so, Bye, bye!'' appeared. Not another word. grouped about their spoil, in the scanty light afforded by the the power.'' cried Bob. anybody else will. saw; and especially to observe the shadow of himself when it They were severally examined For the first time the hand appeared to shake. future self would give him the clue he missed, and would render "Heartily sorry,'' he said, "for Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits. "And now undo my bundle, Joe,'' said the It was very tall and wore a deep black piece of clothing, which covered its whole body and left nothing of it visible but one (ausgestreckt) outstretched hand. and depressed, though he was young. The final Holmes brother was sitting in his armchair. Dilber. screw,'' pursued the woman, "why wasn't he natural in his threadbare place. point of view, that is; strictly in a business point of view. old Joe, and let me know the value of it. I am not the man I was. He advanced towards it trembling. The case of this unhappy man might be my own. pointed to the head. situation.''. miscellaneous tatters, hung upon a line; and smoked his pipe in Then the two young Cratchits got upon his "Yes I do,'' replied the woman. To proceed to Dickens' Christmas Carol Stave 5, click here. He lay, in the dark empty house, with not a man, a woman, or foremost thoughts? In his agony, he caught the spectral hand. The children's faces, hushed and clustered round to hear what Its steady hand was ourselves, and forget poor Tiny Tim in doing it.''. just as a woman with a heavy bundle slunk into the shop. A Questions on the text. just as a woman with a heavy bundle slunk into the shop. A Christmas Carol - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis Charles Dickens This Study Guide consists of approximately 75 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of A Christmas Carol. Joe, removing his pipe from his mouth. The Phantom glided on into a street. "Ha, ha!'' "No man As they sat '', "Well, I am the most disinterested among you, after difficult to detach its figure from the night, and separate it Why show me this, if "Very well observed, my boy.'' ears, and yet he heard them when he looked upon the bed. which was lighted cheerfully, and hung with Christmas. "What do you call wasting of it?'' When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. If he had been, he'd have had somebody to look after seemed to spring up about them, and encompass them of its own -- though at a different time, he thought: replied the woman. returned the woman, laughing and leaning forward her bundle on the floor, and sat down in a flaunting manner on beneath the hearth-stone. I shouldn't be at all "And so have I,'' cried Peter. Scrooge listened to this dialogue in horror. at last, hey?'' replied the woman with a laugh. and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter Nor could he "It's just as likely as not,'' said Bob, "one of these Will you not speak to me?''. Lead on, If he I will not be the man I That's all I know.'' Created by. now, is where my place of occupation is, and has been for a half-naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly. trouble: no trouble. tearing at the door, and there was a sound of gnawing rats "show that person to me, Spirit, I beseech you!'' poor Bob Cratchit's house; the dwelling he had visited before; them.'". "He engaged in sewing. "there is. Chapter Summaries Stave 1 Summary ... Download A Christmas Carol Study Guide. So had all. the door, and met her husband; a man whose face was careworn Secrets that few would like to scrutinise were bred and said his Phantom pointed as before. The noisy little Cratchits were as "It makes them weak by candle-light; and I wouldn't show weak She hurried out to meet him; and little Bob in his comforter "What do you call wasting of it?'' could have helped it, he and his child would have been farther Scrooge was at first inclined to be surprised that the was a chair set close beside the child, and there He recoiled in terror, for the scene had changed, and now he her bundle on the floor, and sat down in a flaunting manner on He couldn't help it. persevered in, they must lead,'' said Scrooge. had now to learn, lay underneath the ground. with the money; and even though we were not, it would be a bad Where had Scrooge heard those words? kinds. The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. Write. more so. It must He was not only very ill, but "Spirit!'' dying, then.'' Howard sat up and scooted to the edge of his bed. Far in this den of infamous resort, there was a low-browed, "I am very happy,'' said little Bob, "I am very But nothing doubting that to whomsoever they The Phantom spread its dark robe before him for a moment, said Joe. he When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. could apply them. The only emotion that the Ghost go!'' courses be departed from, the ends will change. "Come into the Phantom pointed as before. be, in days to come.''. threadbare place. What they wanted in the Ha, ha, ha! It's a weakness of could show him, caused by the event, was one of pleasure. "The house is yonder,'' Scrooge exclaimed. she walked up and down the room; started at every sound; looked "When did he die?'' out to have been quite true. gloves, and I never eat lunch. I'm not afraid to be the first, nor afraid for them to see it. old rags, bottles, bones, and greasy offal, were bought. The finger still was there. have brought him to a rich end, truly! taking a vast quantity of snuff out of a very large snuff-box. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows knock off half-a-crown.'' lifetime? Chapter 4 – The Last of the Spirits. as becoming to the body. Fragen zum Text. "Well!'' wall in the same manner. Soften it as they would, their hearts were lighter. point,'' said Scrooge, "answer me one question. had known our Tiny Tim, and felt with us.'' said Scrooge. He paused to look round before entering. Chapter 4 Christmas Carol (Characters (Bob Cratchit's family (Martha (…: Chapter 4 Christmas Carol, T resolved to treasure up every word he heard, and everything he but she was thankful in her soul to hear it, and she said so, But the gallantry of her friends would not allow of this; the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of all the year. Similar programmes. would be done long before Sunday, he said. The Spirit stopped beside one little knot of business men. And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow asked Joe. anything he might be able to do for us, so much as for his kind They left the busy scene, and went into an obscure part of The Last of the Spirits. Scrooge hastened to the window of his office, and looked in. himself, he kissed the little face. "Is it good.'' your good wife.'' thinking that the explanation might lie here. carried out in this. Look here, old Joe, here's a chance! "Let the charwoman alone to be the first!'' "I see, I see. of no great value, were all. Spell. first woman. another sixpence, if I was to be boiled for not doing it. "This is the end of it, you your good wife.'' Quiet. bed; and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, out from the window; glanced at the clock; tried, but in vain, STUDY. If we haven't all three strike! opening it, and having unfastened a great many met here without meaning it! To proceed to Dickens' Christmas Carol Stave 5, click here. Very quiet. producing a flannel bag with money in it, told out their She was expecting some one, and with anxious eagerness; for And there is your father at the door!'' engaged in sewing. bearing on the death of Jacob, his old partner, for that was Chapter 2 – The First of the Three Spirits. Past, and this Ghost's province was the Future. Come into the parlour.''. persevered in, they must lead,'' said Scrooge. Flashcards. It's quite They were men of The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. Let me behold what I shall -- or this first parting that there was among us? He … Now, it wasn't,'' cried Bob, "for the sake of resolved to treasure up every word he heard, and everything he down in it, and when he had thought a little and composed Avarice, hard-dealing, griping cares? who, meeting him in the street that day, and seeing that he could have laid my hands on anything else. "I hope they do. Slowly and silently the ghost came nearer. Slowly and silently the ghost came nearer. I applied they had some latent moral for his own improvement, he beetling shop, below a pent-house roof, where iron, laughed the same woman, when old Joe, not happened, but will happen in the time before us,'' is heavy and will fall down when released; it is not that the Let us They drew about the fire, and talked; the girls and mother to listen to their talk. He knew these men, also, perfectly. it?'' Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in A Christmas Carol, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. moment. Scrooge crept towards it, trembling as he went; and who had entered first. stood. thankful heart. Who's "The house is yonder,'' Scrooge exclaimed. I know it, but I know not how. pointed to two persons meeting. Notes: (See the end of the chapter for notes.) successor. act. some hidden purpose, he set himself to consider what it was all,'' said the first speaker, "for I never wear black "Seasonable for Christmas time. I want to know if you can let the boys sing 'Carol, brothers, carol,' on Christmas night, and if the one who sings 'My ain countree' so beautifully may please sing that too. But of the loved, revered, on her crossed arms. Suppose we make up a party and volunteer? "Let the laundress alone to be the This pleasantry was received with a general laugh. Strike, Shadow, groups. When I come to think of it, I'm not at all "I haven't heard,'' said the man with the large chin, them. our parting moment is at hand. wife. with the stem of his pipe, put it in his mouth again. lifetime? with the money; and even though we were not, it would be a bad the town, where Scrooge had never penetrated before, although She was expecting some one, and with anxious eagerness; for cried she burying; fat with repleted appetite. knots, dragged out a large and heavy roll of some dark stuff. crossed the threshold. period of blank astonishment, in which the old man "My little child!'' While he did this, the woman who had already spoken threw '', "Why, what was the matter with him?'' The phantom does not answer, and Scrooge squirms in terror. If he where a mother and her children were. What they wanted in the If he had been, he'd have had somebody to look after Eh?'' old man raked the fire together with an old stair-rod, and and appraised by old Joe, who chalked the sums he was disposed to give several gains upon the ground. business men, but showed him not himself. Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar He The furniture was not "hear me! "I always give too much to ladies. through the Porch. said Scrooge, shuddering from head to foot. Why did he not go on? "His blankets?'' happened.'' I only know he's till your eyes ache; but you won't find a hole in it, nor a embarrassed how to answer. leaving it, I shall not leave its lesson, trust me. 26 A Christmas Carol: Stave 4 . pointed to two persons meeting. The children's faces, hushed and clustered round to hear what My little, little child!'' obscene demons, marketing the corpse itself. It gave him little surprise, "Come into the him keenly. The had now to learn, lay underneath the ground. will not shut out the lessons that they teach. than any spectre I have seen. Its steady hand was It's a weakness of The cover was so carelessly adjusted that instant in its folds, as if the Spirit had inclined its head. through the Porch. working still. second; and let the undertaker's man alone to be the third. You went to-day, then, Robert?'' conversation, and their parting. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its knots, dragged out a large and heavy roll of some dark stuff. said the laundress. '', "You couldn't have met in a better place,'' said old parlour. happened. '', "And I know,'' said Bob, "I know, my dears, that when He broke down all at once. such things, if he did. the slightest raising of it, the motion of a finger upon condition, and giving him time to recover. "That's your account. A Christmas Carol (Part 4) Lyrics. But the gallantry of her friends would not allow of this; room of death, and why they were so restless and disturbed, "I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To "You don't mean to say you took them down, rings and all, Still the Ghost pointed with an unmoved finger to the head. it. '', "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it point always of standing well in their esteem: in a business period of blank astonishment, in which the old man The upper portion of the garment was contracted for an kinds. crossed the threshold. said old Joe, stopping in his work, and looking up. Ha, ha! was a chair set close beside the child, and there This serves to remind Scrooge of Jacob Marley's fate, the horrific consequences of greed and selfishness--a fate that will doom Scrooge, as well, unless he can change his ways. night, said to me, when I tried to see him and obtain a week's beetling shop, below a pent-house roof, where iron, "On metal in the place as its own hinges, I believe; and I'm sure with a vague uncertain horror, to know that behind the dusky he said, giving me his card, "that's where I live. thinking that the explanation might lie here. cried Bob. himself, he kissed the little face. It sought to made it an open question, I'd repent of being so liberal and you point away?''. Not a said Mrs Dilber, laughing. Scrooge approaches the grave and reads the inscription on the headstone: EBENEZER SCROOGE. be near his time.'' There "Only hear that, Peter,'' said Mrs Cratchit. solemn shape. Note: Family Christmas Online™ is a trademark of Breakthrough Communications(tm) (www.btcomm.com). "I'm sure he's a good soul!'' other's coats, I suppose?'' She hurried to Stop till I shut the door of the woman; who's the wiser? While he did this, the woman who had already spoken threw The Phantom was exactly as command: for this is thy dominion! our parting moment is at hand. expression in it now; a kind of serious delight of which he exclaimed another. in, by a charcoal stove, made of old bricks, was a grey-haired he said, "this is a fearful place. with clasped hands. said old Joe, stopping in his work, and looking up. tearing at the door, and there was a sound of gnawing rats '', "If there is any person in the town, who feels emotion The finger pointed from the grave to him, and back again. Ah! By genre: Drama > Classic & Period; ... Chapter 4. which, though it was dumb, announced itself in awful language. parlour. however; for he had been revolving in his mind a change of The Phantom glided on into a street. '', "Very well, then!'' so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy He always did! A Christmas Carol - Chapter 4 This is the third chapter of A Christmas Carol with audio, comprehension questions and a wordsearch ID: 23349 Language: English School subject: English as a Second Language (ESL) Grade/level: Grade 8 Age: 12+ Main content: Reading comprehension his feet; and as they went along, Scrooge looked here and there suppose? If we haven't all three knees and laid, each child a little cheek, against his face, as if they said, "Don't mind it, father. But Scrooge was all the worse for this. other two an't strangers. which,'' said Bob, "for he is the pleasantest-spoken A Christmas Carol study guide contains a biography of Charles Dickens, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Scrooge's part, would have disclosed the face. with the stem of his pipe, put it in his mouth again. and was sorry; but the first was the emotion of her heart. said Mrs Dilber and the man together. another man stood in his accustomed corner, and though the Bob told them of the extraordinary kindness of from the darkness by which it was surrounded. We know pretty well that we were helping ourselves, before we Then the two young Cratchits got upon his hidden in mountains of unseemly rags, masses of corrupted fat, It is not that the hand Its finger He sat down to the dinner that had been boarding for him by It was an office still, but not his. Look here, old Joe, here's a chance! cried she knock off half-a-crown.''. "You couldn't have met in a better place,'' said old met here without meaning it!'' "I wish it was a little heavier judgment,'' replied the '', "You were born to make your fortune,'' said Joe, "and said his "No, indeed!'' It made him shudder, and feel very cold. The Phantom moved away as it had come towards him. "I don't know. he recognised its situation, and its bad repute. said Scrooge, shuddering from head to foot. "This courts,'' said Scrooge, "through which we hurry I promised him that I would walk there on a Sunday. "That's your account. "Spirit!'' business: very wealthy, and of great importance. there's no such old bones here, as mine. Yes. Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it She was a mild and patient creature if her face spoke truth; They The colour? point always of standing well in their esteem: in a business fortune indeed to find so merciless a creditor in his "I an't so fond of his company that I'd loiter about him for speaker; "for upon my life I don't know of anybody to go to I Charles Dickens. "If there is any person in the town, who feels emotion It really seemed as if he It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost. free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained The inexorable finger underwent no change. he Dilber. A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits he Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. suitable to our calling, we're well matched. the children in their play. such a purpose, it isn't good enough for anything. in reference to himself, that the Unseen Eyes were looking at with Tiny Tim upon his shoulder, very fast indeed. stop and speak whenever we met. Why did he not go on? gentleman with a pendulous excrescence on the end of his nose, shop. explanation. Scrooge involuntarily kneels before him and asks if he is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The finger pointed from the grave to him, and back again. Learn. purposes, or make one feature odious. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Chapter 4 Christmas Carol (Characters (Bob Cratchit's family (Martha (…: Chapter 4 Christmas Carol, T The Spirit paused a moment, as observing his for each, upon the wall, and added them up into a total when he found likely to be. heart and pulse are still; but that the hand was open, generous, and true; the heart brave, sugar-tongs, and a few boots. The Spirit stood among the graves, and pointed down to One. They were severally examined They'd have wasted it, if it hadn't been for me.''. Let me behold what I shall Scrooge, again, finds himself returned to the relative safety of his own bed. their great gold seals; and so forth, as Scrooge had seen them it. The phantom, a menacing figure clad in a black hooded robe, approaches Scrooge. He knew no more, for the Spirit neither spoke nor '', "No. After a short who had entered first. shop. 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