A Christmas Carol

How does Scrooge treat his clerk? How does he respond to his clerk's request for a Christmas day off?

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On a dingy Christmas Eve, Scrooge, a cold, unfriendly miser, works in his counting-house while keeping an eye on his clerk, a small man named Bob Cratchit. Bob Cratchit asks for Christmas Day off. Scrooge wonders why he should lose money while Bob takes a "holiday".

``You'll want all day tomorrow, I suppose?'' said Scrooge.

``If quite convenient, Sir.''

``It's not convenient,'' said Scrooge, ``and it's not fair. If I was to stop half-a-crown for it, you'd think yourself ill-used, I 'll be bound?''