Mankind Was My Business

Mankind Was My Business

Scrooge confronted by Marley’s ghost

scrooge is a person who is stingy with money: scrooges would rather do anything than part with a buck.

Dictionary definition

Charles Dicken’s character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is the prototype. His now-deceased partner, Jacob Marley comes to him as a ghost dragging a chain of cash boxes, ledgers, and steel purses. Marley laments his enslaved state and warns that Scrooge has, since Marley’s death, forged himself an even greater chain.

“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge.,,

“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again, “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Enough said.

And a blessed Christmas to all!

He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows; and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk–that any thing–could give him so much happiness…

…and it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well.

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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  1. That is one of my favorite scenes and one of my favorite lines in a book. It’s just so ‘true’.

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