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Ebenezer Scrooge

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Marley's Ghost, illustration by John Leech, from the first edition, 1843.

Ebenezer Scrooge (/ˌɛbɪˈnzər ˈskr/) is the main fictional character of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol.

At the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a cold-hearted mean businessman who hates Christmas. He is soon visited by three spirits (the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) who want to save him from going to hell.

Scrooge's last name has become byword for selfish or not being generous, while his catchphrase, "Bah! Humbug!" is often used to show hatred towards Christmas traditions.

He was inspired by a Dutch gravedigger.[1]

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  1. Alleyne, Richard (24 December 2007). "Real Scrooge 'was Dutch gravedigger'". The Daily Telegraph.