'A Christmas Carol' - Stave 2 Key Quotations
"a long, bare, melancholy room" and "poor forgotten self"
Children's lives in this period were often sad, especially if they did not have family or friends around them. Scrooge was at a boarding school and he is seen here on his own. Contrast to Tiny Tim and the loving family unit he has around him.
Isolation; Outsider; Neglect
Noun phrase = "poor forgotten self" is a sad description of what Scrooge was like as a child. What impact did this have on the adult he would become?
"In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile."
Dickens shows another contrast here in that not all employers in the Victorian era were unpleasant and cruel like Scrooge.
Happiness; Love; Positivity
Noun phrase = "one vast substantial smile" suggests that Mrs Fezziwig is warm and welcoming to all her guests, rich and poor.
"Another idol has displaced me...a golden one."
- BELLE -
This conversation comes at the end of Scrooge and Belle's relationship. She feels as though she has been forced aside by Scrooge's love of wealth.
Noun phrase = the "golden one" refers to Scrooge's pursuit of wealth and riches, which has proven hugely damaging to his relationship with Belle.