Name the six places the second spirit takes Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to the streets of London to see the celebratory atmosphere. Next, they visit Bob Cratchit's house. Third, they visit the home of miners on a distant moor to see their Christmas revelries. Fourth, they visit the keepers of a lighthouse, and fifth, they visit the sailors onboard a ship at sea. Last, they visit the home of Fred, Scrooge's nephew. Everyone is happy at Christmas, no matter their condition.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

First, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge into the city of London. They see the dark houses with the sooty windows, and despite the meager living conditions of the residents, there is "an air of cheerfulness … that the clearest summer air and brightest summer sun might have endeavoured to diffuse in vain." In other words, the people are happy. Though the people must labor to clear the snow from rooftops and walkways, they are "jovial and full of glee," throwing the occasional snowball at one another. The shops sparkle and overflow with treats and abundance.

Second, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the house of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's employee. The ghost blesses the house, and he and Scrooge go on to observe the family's small, but happy, Christmas celebration.

Third, Scrooge and the ghost travel through the streets of London, noting the celebratory atmosphere and the happiness of all the people going from one house to another for their Christmas dinners. Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present arrive "upon a bleak and desert moor" where miners live, those "who labour in the bowels of the earth," yet they know Christmas and celebrate it.

Fourth, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to sea, to a "solitary lighthouse," to observe the Christmas celebration of the two men who tend the light. The men sing carols and share what little they have with one another.

Fifth, the ghost and Scrooge travel to a ship on the sea. They note the "helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch … but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune." Even in their dangerous conditions, every man on the ship has a "kinder word" for his fellows that day than on any other.

Sixth, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the home of Scrooge's nephew, Fred. Scrooge had been invited to this celebration but rudely declined it. He watches as the friends play games and eat, and he gets so caught up in the games himself that he does not want to leave.

After leaving Fred's house, Scrooge and the spirit visit the Christmas celebrations taking place in hospitals, among the sick; in foreign lands where English people reside; with people who are struggling in poverty; in almshouses and jails where one would think that unhappiness would prevail. Everywhere they go, people find happiness on Christmas, no matter their condition.

Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 18, 2020
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In stave three of A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the following places:

  1. They go first onto the streets of London where they see people, described as "jovial and full of glee," as they prepare for Christmas.
  2. Next, to the "suburbs" where they visit the home of Bob Cratchit and his family. At their meal, they toast Scrooge, who provides Bob with his living.
  3. Next, to a "bleak and desert moor" which is home to a community of miners who, despite their poverty, are all attired in their finest clothes for Christmas.
  4. Next, to the sea where they alight a ship and observe every man on the watch and on the deck as they "hum" a Christmas song.
  5. Next, they visit Scrooge's nephew, Fred, who is celebrating Christmas with his wife and friends. After dinner, they mock Scrooge in a game but Fred also wishes his uncle a merry Christmas.
  6. Finally, they travel to all sorts of places, including almshouses and hospitals, in "foreign lands" and in England. Despite the obvious suffering, all of the people they see are happy and enjoying the festive season.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The Spirit of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to a busy city on Christmas morning, where he sees happy people enjoying the sights and wishing each other Merry Christmas. Next, the spirit takes Scrooge to the poor but happy home of Bob Cratchit as Mrs. Cratchit and her children are preparing a Christmas goose and the few Christmas treats they can afford. This is the first time Scrooge sees Tiny Tim, and he learns that his chair will be empty next Christmas.

The two then visit several other Christmas gatherings, including an isolated miners camp and a shipboard party. After this, they visit Fred’s Christmas party, where Scrooge thoroughly enjoys himself, but as the night grows darker, they visit a bleak place where the Spirit shows him the two starving children who travel with him beneath his robe, named Ignorance and Want.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The Ghost of Christmas Present first takes Scrooge through the streets of London, then on to Bob Cratchit's house.  After that, they go to a mining camp and then to a ship at sea. Next the spirit takes Scrooge to Scrooge's nephew's house.  The last vision that Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge is when the spirit opens his robe to reveal the two repulsive children: Want and Ignorance.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial