A Christmas Carol Stave 5 Summary

Instructor: Lauren Boivin

Lauren has taught English at the university level and has a master's degree in literature.

This lesson provides an overview of Stave 5 of Charles Dickens's ~'A Christmas Carol.~' Stave 5 is the last one in the story, and here we see the results of Scrooge's visits with the spirits and find him a very changed man!

Scrooge Wakes Up

After the dreary things Scrooge was shown by the Ghost of Christmas Future, it is understandable that he is beyond delighted to wake up -- alive -- in his own bed as Stave 5 of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol opens. He hugs his bed curtains, exclaiming, ''They are not torn down!'' He is also delighted to find it is still Christmas Day -- he has not missed it! Most delightful of all, however, is the knowledge that ''the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!'' He intends to make use of all he has learned from the spirits. ''I am as merry as a schoolboy,'' he tells us, as he struggles in his giddy joy to dress himself and go about the ordinary morning functions.

Scrooge Makes Amends

Once he is able to compose himself, Scrooge sets about that very day to change the kind of person he has been. His first act is to buy his clerk, Bob Cratchit, an enormous turkey. He arranges to send it over anonymously, which tickles him to no end. We read that he ''chuckled'' when he ordered the turkey and when he paid for it. Afterwards, ''he sat down breathless in his chair again, and chuckled till he cried.'' It is as though decades of pent up joy are escaping all in one day. He can't even contain his laughter!

After sending Bob the turkey, Scrooge sets about making some further reparations. He finds the man who came into his office the day before seeking alms. Initially, Scrooge had sent him away, but now he catches up to him and apologizes. He goes on to whisper in the man's ear some amount he would like to donate. The amount is such that it causes the man to cry out with ''Lord bless me! ... My dear Mr. Scrooge, are you serious?'' Scrooge certainly is serious! He has turned over a new leaf, for sure.

Scrooge Surprises Fred

Next, Scrooge heads to his nephew's house. His nephew, Fred, has always been cheerful and kind despite Scrooge's repeated coldness to him. Just the day before, Fred had invited Scrooge to Christmas dinner. Scrooge, of course, was rude and surly to Fred, but today he is a changed man. Upon arriving at Fred's house, Scrooge hesitates a little, but he eventually goes inside. Fred and all those assembled are completely shocked to see him, but he is welcomed warmly and, just as he had seen with the Ghost of Christmas Present, he discovered there a ''Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!''

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