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What did Scrooge say about giving his clerk a day off to celebrate Christmas in A Christmas Carol?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Scrooge was not happy about the idea that his clerk, Bob Cratchit, would want the entire day off to celebrate Christmas, particularly since Cratchit would receive his regular daily pay for the holiday. To Scrooge's stingy, tight-fisted way of thinking, the idea of a paid holiday for his employee was robbing him of the labor for which he was paying.

It's not convenient...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?...And yet,...you don't think me ill-used when I pay a day's wages for no work.

In Scrooge's mind, there was no reason to ever take a holiday. The purpose of life was to accumulate as much money as possible, and the way in which to accomplish that end was to work every day. He did not agree with the social expectation that said that work should be suspended for a holiday, on Christmas or on any other day.

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