A CHRISTMAS CAROL
adapted from Charles Dickens
EXT: OUTSIDE THE CRATCHETT HOUSE
Scrooge and the Spirit of Christmas Present watch Tiny Tim through the window.
I see a vacant seat in the poor chimney-corner, and a little crutch without an owner. If these shadows remained unaltered by the future, the child will die.
If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Your very words, Scrooge. Decrease the surplus population.
(Scrooge hangs his head in shame.)
Man, if man you be in heart, forbear that wicked cant. Will you decide what men shall live, and what men shall die? It may be that in the sight of Heaven you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child.
You have seen the spirit of Christmas bless this poor dwelling. They were not a handsome family, they were not well dressed; their clothes were scanty and their shoes far from being water-proof-but they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the Christmas time. They are my children. Have you learned your lesson?
My hour is spent.