On pages 65-71, how does Bob Cratchit feel about his family?

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ophelious eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure I can match you page for page, because I don't know what version of the book you are using, but I am guessing that you are referring to the part of the book where Scrooge (accompanied by the ghost) peek on on Cratchit's house.

Bob Cratchit, from what we can see, possesses a great love for all the members of his family.  Here is some evidence of such:

  1. He lends his son one of his nice shirts to wear for the holiday, "Bob's private property, conferred upon his son and heir in honour of the day"
  2. He is affectionate: "Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content."
  3. He feels a great compassion for his crippled son, as evidenced as he speaks of him: "Bob's voice was tremulous when he told them this,"
  4. Bob is flattering toward his wife, as in saying (about the meager bird they had cooked for the holiday) "Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked"
  5. Nowhere more firmly rooted is Cratchit's love of his family than in the blessing he gives them: "A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us."

So, as you can see, Bob is a family guy.  Lucky he's a man who, positively can do, all the things that make his family laugh and cry (with joy.)  Yes, he's a family guy.