What are some quotes about Scrooge that show his personality and some quotes about his desires/ambitions.some quotes about his appearance and also some about his relationships with other...

What are some quotes about Scrooge that show his personality and some quotes about his desires/ambitions.

some quotes about his appearance and also some about his relationships with other characters in the story. The quotes have to be directly from the novel.

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Of all the memorable characters created by Charles Dickens, Scrooge is probably the best known.  In fact, his very name has become synonymous with that of a cold-hearted miser.  In his novella, Dickens portrays Scrooge with words that are equally as familiar as his name--  "Bah!...Humbug!" 

In Stave I, the reader learns much about the personality of Scrooge, who does not even stop working when his partner of many years, Marley, dies.  Nor does he bother to paint over Marley's name; indifferent to his absence, Scrooge even answers to his name if a client should call him "Marley."  Dickens describes him as

...a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!   A squeezing, wrenching, gasping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!  Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.  The cold within him froze his old features, ripped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.  A frosty rime was on his head, and on he eyebrows, and his wiry chin.  He carried his own low temperature about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas. 

In a small cell the clerk of Scrooge's countinghouse works where Scrooge can keep his eyes upon him.  Scrooge is so parsimonious that he

has a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.

When his nephew enters his business, heartily wishing him "A Merry Christmas, uncle!  God save you!" Scrooge gruffly replies, "Bah!...Humbug!"  He tells his nephew to desist in his wishes or he "will lose [his] situation," and he refuses his nephew's kind invitation to come to Christmas dinner, as well, asking him why he has married and dismissing him by growling, "Good afternoon!"

When two men enter, requesting charity for the poor, Scrooge asks, "Are there no prisons?" and "no Union workhouse?" in which the poor are confined.  One of the men tells him that some would rather die than go to the workhouse; to this, Scrooge dismisses them,

"It is not my business....It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not interfere with other people's.  Mine occupies me constantly.  Good afternoon, gentlemen!"   

Finally, the day draws to its close and Scrooge must release his clerk, Bob Cratchit, but not before he grumpily says, "...you don't think me ill-used when I pay a day's wages for no work" as he must allow the man a holiday on Christmas.  Ordering the man to "Be here all the earlier" the next day, Scrooge reluctantly lets the man go home.

Clearly, Ebenezer Scrooge is a misanthrope who shares no warmth with any man.  As he dismisses his nephew, Scrooge declares,

"If I could work my will,...every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.  He should!"