A Christmas Carol

Uncle, I ask nothing from you.
I want nothing from you.

There's no reason
why we should be enemies.

Good afternoon.
Uncle, I made this visit
in homage to Christmas, and I'll keep...

my Christmas spirit to the last.
And so, Uncle, a merry Christmas.

- Good afternoon.
- And a happy new year.

Good afternoon!
A merry Christmas to you, Bob.
Thank you, sir. A merry Christmas to you
and to your wife-to-be.

Thank you.
- A merry Christmas.
- Merry Christmas.

- And the same to you, sirs.
- Thank you.

- Scrooge and Marley's, I believe.
- Yes, sir.

I have the pleasure
of addressing Mr. Marley?

- No, sir.
- Then you're Mr. Scrooge.

- No.
- My name is Scrooge.

- And my name is Twill.
- And mine is Rummidge.

And Mr. Marley?
Mr. Marley's been dead these seven years.
- He died seven years ago this very night.
- On Christmas Eve?

As good a time as any.
We have no doubt that Mr. Marley's
liberality is well represented...

by his surviving partner.
At this festive season of the year,
Mr. Scrooge...

it is more than usually desirable
that some slight provision be made...

for the poor and destitute.
Many thousands are in want, sir,
in need of common necessaries.

Hundreds of thousands are in want
of common comforts, sir.

- Are there no prisons?
- Plenty of prisons.

And the workhouses,
are they still in operation?

They are. Though I wish with all my heart
they were not.

I was afraid from what you said at first
that something had occurred...

to stop them in their useful course.
Under the impression these places
can scarcely furnish Christmas cheer...

for the mind and body of the multitude...
a few of us have endeavored to form
a fund for the poor, to buy them food...

and drink, and means of warmth.
What can I put you down for, sir?
You wish to be anonymous?
I wish to be left alone.
Since you asked me what I wish,
gentlemen, that is my answer.

I help to support the institutions
I mentioned. They cost enough...

and those who are badly off
must go there.