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How does Scrooge's attitude towards Bob Cratchit and their relationship change at the end of A Christmas Carol?

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Before his experience with the spirits, Scrooge is known throughout his community as cold, miserly, and mean-spirited. None are more aware of this disposition than Bob Cratchit, who works as Scrooge's clerk. Cratchit is impossibly underpaid and overworked, and still Scrooge complains about the shortcomings that he perceives in his clerk. It is obvious that Scrooge is taking out much of his isolation and bitterness on Cratchit, and it is often Cratchit's severely ill son, Tiny Tim, that pays the dearest price for Scrooge's outrageously poor treatment of his employee. Economic experiments have shown that Cratchit's wages are so poor that translated to a modern economy, they would account for less than $100 a week, an obviously impossible salary to live on.

After Scrooge's experience, however, he finds room in his heart for compassion and is the quickest to make amends with his faithful clerk. He immediately insures that the Cratchit family will have a wonderful Christmas dinner and gives...

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