'A Christmas Carol' - Stave 3 Key Quotations

"Bob held his withered little hand in his."

CONTEXT:

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.

THEMES:

Innocence; Vulnerability; Weakness; Love

LANGUAGE:

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.