Ebenezer Scrooge

focal character of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge (/ˌɛbɪˈnzər ˈskr/) is the main character of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol.

At the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a cold-hearted mean businessman who hates Christmas. He is soon visited by three spirits (the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) in hopes to save him from going to hell.

Scrooge's last name has become byword for selfish or not being generous, while his catchphrase, "Bah! Humbug!" is often used to show hatred towards Christmas traditions.

He was inspired by a Dutch gravedigger.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Alleyne, Richard (24 December 2007). "Real Scrooge 'was Dutch gravedigger'". The Daily Telegraph.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)