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When Fan comes to pick Scrooge up, we learn a reason why Scrooge may have turned out...

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yashira17 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2009 at 8:46 AM via web

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When Fan comes to pick Scrooge up, we learn a reason why Scrooge may have turned out the way he did. What is this reason?

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 6, 2009 at 3:26 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

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