'A Christmas Carol' - Stave 3 Key Quotations
"Bob held his withered little hand in his."
Here Bob is holding Tiny Tim's hand. Dickens wished to show the impact of poverty upon the most weak and vulnerable in Victorian society: children.
Innocence; Vulnerability; Weakness; Love
Noun phrase = "withered little hand" shows us the impact of poverty.
Verb = "held" suggests that Bob is close to his son, wanting to protect him.