I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen A Christmas Carol performed on the stage and how many movie adaptations and cartoon versions I’ve watched. For some reason I have always loved this story. Yet I never sat down and actually read the original. Fortunately the novel is on my 1001 list and Caroline and Delia hosted a group read of the novel for their Dickens in December event. Here are the questions provided to help generate our discussion. Please note that there may be spoilers in case you are not familiar with the work.
Did you like it?
Absolutely. It was like seeing an old friend after years of being apart. As a child our family saw this performed on the stage as part of our holiday tradition. It’s been years since I sat in a theater and enjoyed a production. I may have to reintroduce this tradition.
Which was your favorite scene?
I love when Marley visits Scrooge. When Scrooge is staring at Marley but is explaining that he’s a figment of Scrooge’s imagination due to stomach issues. For some reason this always cracks me up. “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” If I was facing a ghost I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be arguing with the ghost and telling him he didn’t exist. I’m not that brave. Or is it stupidity.
Which was your least favorite scene?
I’m not sure that I have one. The one that makes me cringe the most is when Scrooge is asking if the prisons are still functioning and stating that if poor people died they would “decrease the surplus population.” For me I just don’t understand how someone can be so unfeeling towards others.
Which spirit and his stories did you find the most interesting?
The last spirit has always intrigued me since he doesn’t say all that much. I find his silence creepy.
Was there a character you wish you knew more about?
Fezziwig simply because I love the name!
How did you like the end?
The end always makes me smile. Okay, it may be a sappy story, but come on people, that’s part of the holidays.
Did you think it was believable?
I do believe! I find if the writing is strong, I can be swept up in any type of story. That’s the magic of reading. You learn to believe in the unbelievable and feel like a kid again.
Do you know anyone like Scrooge?
Yes I do, but I reserve the right not to say who
Did he deserve to be saved?
Of course! I know I’m not a perfect person and I’ve made many mistakes. And I’ll probably make many more. To think that a person can’t be saved is a dreadful thought.
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