A Christmas Carol

Now, Uncle, don't be cross.
What else can I be
when I live in such a world of fools?

Merry Christmas.
What's Christmastime, but a time
for paying bills without money?

A time for finding yourself a year older
and not an hour richer.

If I could work my will, every idiot
that goes about with "merry Christmas"...

on his lips should be boiled
with his own pudding...

and buried with a stake of holly
through his heart.

- Uncle!
- Nephew!

Keep Christmas in your own way,
and let me keep it in mine.

- But you don't keep it.
- Let me leave it alone then.

Much good it has ever done you.
Uncle, there are many things
which have made me happy.

Things which have never
fattened my purse by even that much.

Christmas is one of these.
I've always looked on Christmas
as a good time...

a kind, charitable, forgiving, pleasant time.
It's the only time
when people open their hearts freely.

The only time
when men and women seem to realize...

that all human beings
are really members of the same family.

And that being members
of the same family...

they owe each other
some measure of warmth and solace.

And therefore, Uncle, though it's never put
a scrap of gold or silver in my pockets...

I believe that it has done me good,
and will do me good.

And I say, God bless it!
Let me hear another sound from you...
and you'll keep Christmas
by losing your situation.

You're quite a powerful speaker, sir.
- I wonder you don't go into Parliament.
- Uncle, don't be angry.

Come now. Come and dine
with Bess and me tomorrow.

- Bess?
- Yes. Elizabeth, my fiancée.

I'm dining with her people,
I'm sure they'd welcome a visit from you.

- So you're engaged?
- Yes.

May I ask why?
- Because I fell in love.
- Because you fell in love.

You intend to marry?
As soon as I'm earning enough money.
Has she tried her relatives?
- That wasn't the reason for my visit.
- Good afternoon.