A Christmas Carolpage 2 / 4
Narrator: Scrooge was terrified! And then he began to think that maybe he had imagined it all and went to bed. (Clock chimes) Suddenly, he was awakened by the chiming of his clock. It was midnight and he sat up in bed as a spectre appeared in front of him.(Ghost appears) The ghost pointed a finger towards him and beckoned him to come from his bed.
Scrooge: (Frightened) Who – who are you?
Ghost: I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Scrooge: Long past?
Ghost: Your past!
Narrator: He took Scrooge's arm and led him to the window. He pointed out – Scrooge could see a school-room, deserted except for one solitary child. It was Scrooge himself as a boy – not allowed home for the Holiday like the others – his father didn't want him! (Ahhh!).
Ghost: Let us see another Christmas.
Narrator: The scene was the same school-room – only dirtier and grimier – the same solitary boy was still there – older and just as sad. The door burst open and in came a girl (enter Fan)
Scrooge: It's Fan! My sister!
Fan: Ebenezer! I've come to take you home! Father has changed. – he is much kinder now – come, the carriage is outside waiting for you!
Ghost: Always a delicate creature. But she had a large heart.
Scrooge: So she had. So she had.
Ghost: She died a young woman and had, I think, children.
Scrooge: One child.
Ghost: True – your nephew!
Scrooge: (feeling guilty) Yes.
Narrator: The ghost took Scrooge through his early life as an apprenticed clerk for old Fezziwig, who treated him well – into manhood, when he began to value money and gain – more than friendships. Scrooge for the first time saw himself as his past had made him. He didn't like what he saw.