1.3
The Shop
closes on
Christmas Eve

version 1.0, 12/00

Characters:

  • Scrooge
  • Bob Cratchit

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  • Stave 1.3: Marley's Ghost (continued)

    At length the hour of shutting up the counting- house arrived. With an ill-will Scrooge dismounted from his stool, and tacitly admitted the fact to the expectant clerk in the Tank. “You'll want all day to-morrow, I suppose?” said Scrooge.

    “If quite convenient, sir.”

    “It's not convenient,” said Scrooge, “and it's not fair. If I was to stop half-a-crown for it, you'd think yourself ill-used, I'll be bound?”

    The clerk smiled faintly.

    “And yet,” said Scrooge, “you don't think me ill-used, when I pay a day's wages for no work.”

    The clerk observed that it was only once a year.

    “A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!” said Scrooge, buttoning his great-coat to the chin. “But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning.”

    The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl. 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 great-coat), ran home.

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