A Christmas Carol. ( After Ch. Dickens). Part I. Once upon a time old Ebenezer Scrooge [ebi`ni:z∂] sat busy in his office. It was Christmas Eve. The weather was cold and foggy.
The door of Scrooge’s office was opened so that he could keep an eye on his clerk, Cratchit, who was writing letters. Scrooge paid him less than a pound a week.
Scrooge did not like to spend his money, that it why the fire in his office was very small and Bob Cratchit’s hands were so cold that he could not write.
“Humbug!” said Scrooge, using his favourite word.” Merry Christmas! You have no right to be merry. You are poor.” Really, the nephew was poor but happy, because had a family.
Scrooge could not understand it. He thought that love was even sillier than a Merry Christmas. Scrooge’s nephew wanted to invite his uncle for dinner with his family but Scrooge didn’t want to hear about it and the young man left wishing his uncle a Merry Christmas.
1.to keep an eye on the clerk a)племінник
2.A cheerful voice b)запросити на обід
3.A favourite word c)радісний голос
4. Humbug d)побажати веселого різдва
5. A nephew e)нісенітниця
6.To invite for dinner f) улюблений голос
7. To wish a Merry Christmas g)слідкувати
Five minutes later Scrooge had two more visitors with books and papers in their hands. They were collecting money for charity. He said that poor people’s place was in prison and work houses. Seeing that it was useless to say anything more, the two men left.
It grew colder and colder outside. The fog and darkness thickened so that the ancient church tower was hardly seen. A boy sang a Christmas carol outside the front door of Scrooge’s office.
Scrooge got very angry. He picked up a big ruler and opened the door so quickly that the frightened small singer ran away as fast as he could.
At last it was time to shut up the office. The next day was twenty-fifth of December and the office should be closed for Christmas. As soon as Scrooge walked out, Bob Cratchit closed the office and ran home to play Christmas games with his children.
Scrooge took his melancholy [mel∂nk∂li] dinner in his melancholy tavern [tӕv∂n]; read newspapers and went home to bed. His house was dark and old.
He was sitting alone before his small fire when he had heard his doorbell ring. Then the heavy door of Scrooge’s room opened and he saw … a ghost. It was the ghost of Marley [ma:li] , his partner, who died several years ago.
“Why do you trouble me?” he asked the ghost. Marley’s Ghost explained that he had been very selfish when he was alive. He had been interested only in money and had not cared about people outside his office. Noe he was wearing a long and heavy chain and he had no rest and no peace.
“I am here tonight to tell you that you have yet a chance and hope not to go my way. Tonight you will see Three Spirits. The first will come tomorrow at one in the morning”.
With these words the ghost walked to the window and disappeared in the dark night.The next day Ebenezer Scrooge had three visitors. The ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
He remembered his kind sister who brought him home from school on Christmas Eve many years ago and they were together, but she wasn’t very healthy and died soon after she had a child- Scrooge’s nephew.
The ghost of Christmas Present changed scrooge’s home completely. He hung the walls with evergreens: holly, mistletoe [mislt∂u], and ivy [aivi].
He made a bright fire in the fireplace, filled the room with turkeys, geese, meat, pies, puddings, cakes and fruit. Then the ghost took Scrooge to Bob Cratchit’s poor house.
Bob, his wife and their six children were at home. They could not see Scrooge, but he could see and hear everything. The smallest boy called Tiny Tim was a very weak child and it was clear that he would not live long.
Mrs.Cratchit cut up the goose and then brought the pudding in. There were not enough food fot such a large family, but nobody noticed that. “A Merry Christmas!” said Tiny Tim.
“God bless us, everyone”, said everyone. Suddenly Scrooge heard his own name. “Let’s drink to Mr. Scrooge who gave us this dinner”, Bob Cratchit said. “ Long life to him! A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”
The ghost showed Scrooge his nephew’s home too. They were talking about him. “He is a funny old man”, said his nephew, “and he isn’t very pleasant either. His money is of no use to him. He can’t do any good with it . I’d like to drink for his health.“
The Ghost disappeared and Scrooge saw the Ghost Yet to Come, the Ghost of the Future. This was very silent, he just took Scrooge to the centre of London. Then spirit showed him a group of businessmen, and Scrooge came up to them to listen to their talk.
They were also talking about him. The ghost showed him a grave with his name on it. There were no flowers there. Nobody came to remember him. “No, Spirit! Oh, no, no!” he cried upon his knees.
“ I am not the man I was, good Spirit, I’ll start a new life! I will keep Christmas in my heart all the year. I will remember this lesson”Yes, the ghost taught him a lesson.
Suddenly the ghost disappeared and Scrooge was in his room again. Scrooge felt very happy: the time before him was his own. “ A Merry Christmas to everybody! A Happy New Year to all the world!”, said Scrooge.
Ebenezer Scrooge kept his word: The very first thing he did was to send a huge turkey to Bob Cratchit’s house. Then he put on his best clothes and got out into the street. He smiled at everyone he met.
He met the gentleman who had walked into his office the day before, asking money for poor. Scrooge gave him a lot of money. In the afternoon Scrooge went to his nephew’s house. And that was wonderful.