A Christmas Carol

Chapter 4 – The Last of the Spirits

Slowly and silently the ghost came nearer. It was very tall and wore a deep black piece of clothing, which covered its whole body and left nothing of it visible but one ausgestrecktoutstretched hand.

“Are you the Geist der zukünftigen WeihnachtGhost of Christmas Yet to Come?” asked Scrooge, “I fürchtenfear you more than any other spirit.”

The ghost did not say a word, and Scrooge was really be scared = sich fürchtenscared. They wandered through the city and Scrooge heard some men talking about a person who had died. Scrooge knew the men and wanted to find out, whom they were talking about. But the spirit moved on.

They next stopped in an area where Diebethieves and Betrüger, Lügnerliars lived. They had stolen things with them and machten sich lustig übermade fun of the person who once owned those things.

“Ha, ha!” laughed a woman, “He vertrieb / verscheuchte / vergraulte allefrightened everybody away from him when he was alive, um uns von Nutzen zu seinto profit us when he was dead! Ha, ha, ha!”

After that, the ghost led Scrooge through streets that were familiar to him; and as they went along, Scrooge looked here and there to find himself, but nowhere was he to be seen. They entered poor Bob Cratchit’s house and found the mother and the children by the fire. Quiet. Very quiet. The noisy little Cratchits were as still as statues. When Bob Cratchit came in, the children hurried to greet him. Then the two young Cratchits got upon his knees and laid their little cheeks against his face as if to say, “Don’t mind it, father. Don’t be sad.”

“You went there today?” said his wife.

“Yes, my dear,” returned Bob. “I wish you could have gone. It would have done you good to see how green the place is. But you’ll see it often. I promised him that we would walk there every Sunday. My little, little child.” cried Bob. “My little child.”

He broke down in tears. Er konnte nicht anders. / Er konnte nichts dagegen tun.He couldn’t help it. If he could have helped it, he and his child would have been weiter entferntfarther apart perhaps than they were.

The ghost moved on and took Scrooge to a Friedhofchurchyard. The spirit stood among the Gräbergraves and pointed down to one. Scrooge slowly went towards it and following the ghost’s finger read upon the stone of the grave his own name, Ebenezer Scrooge.

“Spirit!” Scrooge cried, “hear me. I am not the man I was! I will not be the man I must have been so far! Why show me this if I am keine Hoffnung mehr habenpast all hope? Good Spirit, I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall be within me. I will not ignore the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me that I may change my Schicksalfate!”

Full of fear, Scrooge caught the spirit’s hand. But the spirit suddenly changed – it schrumpfteshrunk and faded and finally turned into a Bettpfostenbedpost.

Chapter 5

Questions on the text

Answer the questions according to the text.

  1. Who owned the things that the thieves have now?
  2. Why is the Cratchit family so sad?
  3. What does Scrooge promise the ghost?

Find the opposite for each word in the text.

  1. quickly -
  2. cried -
  3. dead -
  4. happy -
  5. seldom -