By Anne Moore
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Extra resources for A Christmas Carol 2: The Wedding of Ebenezer Scrooge
A tough negotiator it seemed. All of ten years old, Scrooge estimated, and hardened by years of haggling in the streets. Still, it was Christmas. Rather to his own surprise, Scrooge felt a generous impulse rising to the surface. 'Come back with the man and I'll give you a shilling. ' The lad was off like a bullet. Big mistake there, young man, thought Scrooge. You should have demanded sixpence in advance. But then he thought about what he himself had said. Had he really promised the boy a shilling?
She was visiting London from the country, Scrooge understood; she normally lived somewhere in the Vale of Pewsey, in the county of Wiltshire. 'So you see I was right,’ Mrs Bannister told Scrooge triumphantly. ' 'Most impressive,’ said Scrooge. ' The party was completed by the arrival of an old school friend of Fred's, Topper by name, and by a scattering of neighbors. If you had asked him a week earlier, Scrooge would have said that he despised such gatherings. Wearisome, tedious, noisy, hot, stuffy, and boring, were the words which might have tripped off his lips.
Deeply so. ’ Fred assured him. ' 'Indeed we were,’ Deborah confirmed. ' 'Well.... ’ This from Fred. Scrooge hesitated. ' Deborah moved to the table. ‘Not at all. We did hope you would come, for it is Christmas when all is said and done. ' She pointed to the table, where Scrooge saw that a card had been put out to show each guest where to sit. And there was one with his own name on it. He was quite touched. Deborah came forward and took his hand. ' Scrooge shuffled his feet. He had not felt so ill at ease for some time.
A Christmas Carol 2: The Wedding of Ebenezer Scrooge by Anne Moore