illustration of Ebenezer Scrooge in silhouette walking toward a Christmas tree and followed by the three ghosts

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

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"God Bless Us Every One!"

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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 188

Context: Ebenezer Scrooge, a heartless miser, is conducted in a vision by the Ghost of Christmas Present to the house of Scrooge's underpaid clerk, Bob Cratchit. It is Christmas day, and the poverty-stricken family is making what cheer they can from their limited fare. Despite the grim-ness of their lives, there is no despondency or self-pity among them. Cratchit fears most for his small crippled son, Tiny Tim, whose survival is doubtful; but he calls a blessing upon his family, and they all return it, Tiny Tim last in the group. The spectacle cracks the hard heart of Scrooge, and Tiny Tim's unconscious courage and innocent love for his family are especially wrenching to the old man.

"A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!"
Which all the family re-echoed.
"God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
He sat very close to his father's side, upon his little stool. Bob held his withered little hand in his, as if he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side, and dreaded that he might be taken from him.

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