A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a timeless piece of literature concerning salvation and redemption and man's duty toward his fellow man. A staple in a plethora of classrooms during the holiday season, its message extends far beyond the Christmas season. Told in many forms and variations, Ebeneezer Scrooge has become synonymous with a miserly, crotchety person who lacks love and compassion for others.
Bob Cratchit is Ebeneezer's employee. It is obvious in the delight with which he interacts with them that Bob adores his wife and children, among them his crippled and ailing son, Tiny Tim. In Stave III, while Scrooge is observing the preparation for the family's Christmas dinner in the company of the Spirit of Christmas Present, he sees Bob enter carrying Tiny Tim on his shoulders. The two share a close bond and often go about in that manner. They have just been to church, and Bob relates to his wife an example of how introspective Tiny Tim has become due to his physical limitations. As he relates the story of how Tiny Tim wishes his condition to be an inspiration to others to help remind them of the miraculous nature of God, it is quite obvious to the reader that he has high regard for his son's character in addition to the love and tenderness he feels for him as one of his children.