Monday, December 26, 2005

Scrooge

I've been listening to a CD ofA Christmas Carol performed by Basil Rathbone and a couple of weird thoughts came to me. Is it really poor old Scrooge's fault that Tiny Tim is sickly? Perhaps Bob Cratchit should get another job. Scrooge can't be too bad, Cratchit has been in his employ for years. And what about Fred? He looks sympathetically at poor old Bob but he never once makes a move to help. Instead of preaching at Scrooge why doesn't Fred drop a few coins in the Cratchit palm. And why is it required that Scrooge be nice to Fred? We all have relatives that we could really do without.

Weird thoughts aside. I do love A Christmas Carol.

On Christmas Eve we went to Mass at midnight. It was very good. I would've preferred to go to the Cathedral in DC but my husband was tired and so was I. Father Gandalf (I think I'll call him Father Theoden from now on. That's who he really reminds me of now) gave a fine homily and Father Aragorn co celebrated. We had one jolly looking seminarian and one scrubbed clean altar boy. The cantor kept her showgirl tendencies under controll and the people, except for one loud old man in the back were well behaved.

Thank you, Jesus for coming to us. Thank you for starting out on Your rescue mission in that stable in Bethlehem. Thank you for completing in on the cross in Jerusalem.

1 comment:

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Is it really poor old Scrooge's fault that Tiny Tim is sickly?

With wages such as given by 19th C employers, probably yes.

Perhaps Bob Cratchit should get another job.

Equally ill paid? Oh, not quite, since Scrooge was perhaps an extreme case ... or was he?

Supposing he found one, after taking a leave from his boss?

Scrooge can't be too bad, Cratchit has been in his employ for years.

See above.

And what about Fred? He looks sympathetically at poor old Bob but he never once makes a move to help. Instead of preaching at Scrooge why doesn't Fred drop a few coins in the Cratchit palm.

1) Can he afford it?
2) If so, isn't he employing some other people whom he is paying somewhat better, and he sticks to them?
3) In any case, would Bob Cratchitt, being proud of working for his pay, have accepted to receive alms at same time?

And why is it required that Scrooge be nice to Fred? We all have relatives that we could really do without.

I suppose BOTH were more or less Anglicans, no Catholic conversion had come between them!