Scrooge has been called ungenerous. I say that's a bum rap. What
could be more generous than keeping your lamps unlit and your plate
unfilled, leaving more fuel for others to burn and more food for
others to eat? Who is a more benevolent neighbor than the man who
employs no servants, freeing them to wait on someone else?
Oh, it might be slightly more complicated than that. Maybe when
Scrooge demands less coal for his fire, less coal ends up being
mined. But that's fine, too. Instead of digging coal for Scrooge,
some would-be miner is now free to perform some other service for
himself or someone else.
What I Like About Scrooge:
In praise of misers.
I've always felt that Ebeneezer Scrooge got a bum rap (than again, that
could be my inner “Bah, humbug!” speaking). Several years ago, after
watching about the five billionth rehashing of A
Chrismas Carol, I got the idea of writing a short story about Scrooge
that takes place seven years after the events in the book. In the story
idea, Scrooge is once again visited by the ghost of his ex-partner Marley,
wherein he learns that not only has he lost all his wealth to philanthropy,
but that the very people he was helping were taking advantage of him.
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