Stave iiiThe second spirit, in Stave III, said he has 1,800 brothers. Who is he talking about?
Think as well of the massive impact that this would have had upon Scrooge. He is being forced to confront the way that he has lived his life and the possibilities of what he could have done with it when thinking about how he wishes to live the rest of his life in the present and the future. The message is obviously one of don't let any more christmases pass you by without making them count!
1. a street in London.
2. Bob Cratchit's home.
3. a hut on a desert moor - the spirit tells him it's "a place where Miner's live"
4. a lighthouse
5. a ship at sea
6. Scrooge's nephew's house
The purpose of showing Scrooge these places was to show him how people kept Christmas. Even out at sea, etc. people were celebrating Christmas.
As mentioned above, he is talking about years. By expressing the years as brothers, Dickens is commenting on the fact that every Christmas is a possibility. They all have something in common- the potential for us to reach out and help someone. There have been more than 1800 Christmases of missed opportunities.
The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, is referring to the other 1,800 Christmases that have gone by since the birth of Christ - remember that Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, so there were approximately 1,800 Christmases since the very first Christmas.