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EBENEZER SCROOGE
[the Ghost of Christmas Present has brought Scrooge to the home of Bob Cratchit] I want to look in the window.
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
It will cost you nothing, which I'm sure is good news for you.
EBENEZER SCROOGE
Will they be able to see me?
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
No, which I'm sure is good news for them.
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GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you're not here any more.
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- FRIEND OF HARRY'S
Harry, I've visited you every Christmas for the past five years, and to this day I can never understand this extraordinary ritual of toasting the health of your old uncle Ebenezer. I mean, everyone knows he's the most miserable old skinflint that ever walked God's earth.
EBENEZER SCROOGE
[glaring] Who's he?
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Oh... just a friend.
NEPHEW HARRY
My dear Tom, it's very simple. He is indeed a despicable old miser, worse than you could ever possibly imagine.
EBENEZER SCROOGE
You find this amusing?
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Believe it or not, he likes you.
NEPHEW HARRY
See, I look at it this way: If I can wish a Merry Christmas to him, who is beyond dispute the most obnoxious and parsimonious of all living creatures, then I know in my heart that I am truly a man of goodwill.
EBENEZER SCROOGE
[rising to lunge at Harry] Scoundrel!
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Wait! There's more to come.
NEPHEW HARRY
And besides... I like old Scrooge!
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
What did I tell you?