At the start of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebezner Scrooge is a lonely and embittered aging miser. He has no real friends and his life is uncomfortable. He lives as cheaply as possible to save money, but that means he lacks comforts he could easily afford. He has no wife or children and treats his employees badly. Although he had happier times in the distant past, his anxiety about money has transformed him from an imaginative young child to someone who has no personal life or relationships. People dislike him and he is generally unhappy with his life.