Monday, December 20, 2010

Scrooge sticks up for the working man.

Scrooge accuses the ghost of being responsible for ''religious people'' making the decision that God wants businesses to be closed on Sunday.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits

"Is there a peculiar flavour in what you sprinkle from your torch?" asked Scrooge.


"There is. My own."

"Would it apply to any kind of dinner on this day?" asked Scrooge.

"To any kindly given. To a poor one most."

"Why to a poor one most?" asked Scrooge.

"Because it needs it most."

"Spirit," said Scrooge, after a moment's thought, "I wonder you, of all the beings in the many worlds about us, should desire to cramp these people's opportunities of innocent enjoyment."

"I!" cried the Spirit.

"You would deprive them of their means of dining every seventh day, often the only day on which they can be said to dine at all," said Scrooge. "Wouldn't you?"

"I!" cried the Spirit.

"You seek to close these places on the Seventh Day," said Scrooge. "And it comes to the same thing."

"I seek!" exclaimed the Spirit.

"Forgive me if I am wrong. It has been done in your name, or at least in that of your family," said Scrooge.


The Ghost of Christmas Present uses the "No True Scotsman" defense......
"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."


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    I love A Christmas Carol.

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