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The First Step of Conversion in Stave 2 of A Christmas Carol: The Recovery of Memory

By Mike McManus

It matters little…to you,$_35 
very little. Another idol has displaced me; and if it can cheer and comfort you in time to come as I would have tried to do, I have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of its sordid reproach. I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you. Have I not? 
- Scrooge’s fiancée as she breaks their engagement

Contemporary renderings of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens often emphasize a penny-pinching Scrooge becoming a man of giving. But when consulting the text of Stave 2 in the original work, it is clear that too much emphasis on how Scrooge treats his material possessions provides a focus on the effects of the story rather than the heart of what the story is truly about, Scrooge’s conversion. Continue reading The First Step of Conversion in Stave 2 of A Christmas Carol: The Recovery of Memory

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