Scrooge said that he would see him -- yes, indeed he did.
`Because you fell in love!' growled Scrooge, as if that were the only one thing in the world more ridiculous than a merry Christmas.
He stopped at the outer door to bestow the greetings of the season on the clerk, who cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge; for he returned them cordially.
`There's another fellow,' muttered Scrooge; who overheard him: `my clerk, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas.
This lunatic, in letting Scrooge's nephew out, had let two other people in.
Marley has been dead these seven years,' Scrooge replied.
At the ominous word `liberality,' Scrooge frowned, and shook his head, and handed the credentials back.
Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, `it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time.
`The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?' said Scrooge.
I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,' said Scrooge. `I'm very glad to hear it.'
`I wish to be left alone,' said Scrooge. `Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer.
`If they would rather die,' said Scrooge, `they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.