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Where’s the last place the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge?

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The last place the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge is to a "children's Twelfth Night party," a party that would be thrown on the last day of Christmas—which, according to the Christian calendar, is on January 5. It is not, however, discussed in great detail, and so I think you might be asking about the last place the spirit takes Scrooge that gets discussed at some length—and that is his nephew, Fred's, house.

Fred had invited Scrooge for Christmas dinner but, of course, the old man had declined, declaring Christmas and love a "humbug" in stave one. Now, Scrooge sees how pretty his nephew's wife is, and he hears Fred describe how he feels sympathy for Scrooge because the old man's unwillingness to join them only negatively affects Scrooge, himself. Fred says, "I am sorry for him; I couldn't be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims! Himself, always." The group of friends enjoys some tea and dessert together, having just finished their supper, and then they play a little music. Afterwards, they play some games—for, as the founder of Christmas is a child, it is good to be like children sometimes, according to the narrator.

Scrooge observes the young people flirting and having a lovely time, and when it is time for Scrooge and the spirit to leave, Scrooge has been having such fun as a mere observer that he does not wish to go. He actually begs for "One half hour" more from the spirit! Despite the fact that Scrooge becomes the butt of his nephew's good-natured joke at Scrooge's expense, he seems to be somewhat touched when Fred actually leads a toast to him, as he has entertained them all so much (as part of the joke).

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