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a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone
A metaphor which reflects Scrooge's reputation as a merciless employer.
squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching
A list of adjectives used to describe Scrooge.
hard and sharp as flint
A simile used to reflect Scrooge's cold heart.
solitary as an oyster
A simile used to describe Scrooge's lonely lifestyle.
nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait
The effects of Scrooge's cold heart.
Scrooge frowned, and shook his head
Upon learning that the two visitors were charity workers.
Scrooge took his melancholy dinner in his usual melancholy tavern
A snapshot of Scrooge's life and personality.
He did look cautiously behind it
Signs that Scrooge is worried; he looks behind the door to check that Marley is not present.
Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.
Dickens shows us Scrooge's miserly approach to life.
Double locked himself in
Signs that Scrooge is unsetteld after seeing Marley's face on the knocker.
it was a very low fire indeed
Dickens shows us Scrooge's miserly approach to life.
the spectre's voice disturbed the very marrow in his bones
Imagery which reflects Scrooge's fear of Marley.
Scrooge trembled more and more
Repetition to illustrate Scrooge's fear.
he tried to say 'Humbug!' but stopped
Scrooge tries to dismiss Marley's ghost as fantasy, but can’t quite manage it.