A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, Stave 3

How does scrooge react to the news of Tim's future?

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Scrooge reacted to the news that Tiny Tim would die with "penitence and grief".

"Spirit," said Scrooge, with an interest he had never felt before,"tell me if Tiny Tim will live."
"I see a vacant seat," replied the Ghost, "in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die."
"No, no," said Scrooge. "Oh, no, kind Spirit. Say he will be spared."
"If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race," returned the Ghost, "will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."
Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.


A Christmas Carol, Stave Three

I see a vacant seat. in a poor chimney corner, and a crutch without an owner. .. if these shadows remain unchanged.. the child will die