A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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How does Dickens present Scrooge's character in stave one of A Christmas Carol?

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Rather than focusing entirely on Scrooge's shortcomings, let's take a look at some of his strengths.

For example, Scrooge is scrupulously honest.

Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.

The term "'Change" refers to the London Stock Exchange, and this means that Scrooge can be taken at his word—not only at the Exchange, but in any of his business dealings.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Marley trusted Scrooge implicitly.

Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner.

It also means that, at one time in his life, Scrooge had at least one friend.

Scrooge is generally unsentimental and extremely practical.

Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

Scrooge's practicality and lack of sentimentality are also shown by his lack of...

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