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The Ghost of Christmas Past has taken Scrooge back into his childhood so that he might see where his loathing of Christmas originated. Scrooge's father was apparently a mean man, and young Ebeneezer resented being sent away to a boarding school. When his sister, Fan, arrives to bring him home for Christmas, she tells him that their father "is much kinder now". This suggests that there might have been some abusive tendencies on the part of Scrooge's father.
He was at boarding school away from his family, the reason he moved is because he was unhappy with his father according to his little sister. Then his sister convinced him to move back after saying his father was much nicer.
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