Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew Fred feels sorry for Scrooge. He invites Scrooge to come around to his home for his Christmas gathering as a "homage to Christmas" but Scrooge resolutely refuses.
Describing the exchange at the party, Fred explains to his wife and their guests,
He's a comical old fellow...and not so pleasant as he might be. However, his offences carry their own punishment...I am sorry for him; I couldn't be angry with him if I tried.
Later, Fred uses Uncle Scrooge as his mystery object when playing "Yes and No." Once the identity of the unknown item has been discovered, some of the guests argue that Scrooge should have been positively identified as being a bear since he had been described as being rather disagreeable, savage, and one that growls and grunts at times.
After Scrooge's change of heart, however, Fred is thrilled when Scrooge joins the Christmas gathering and welcomes him back into the family wholeheartedly.