Scrooge, who is the central character, has absorbed his late
business partner's possessions and identity over the seven
years since he (Jacob Marley) died. Jacob returns as a ghost
and takes Scrooge over incidents from the past and the present.
Scrooge is finally shown a vision of a potential future that
links Scrooge's death with that of the child of his poor clerk,
Like many of Dickens' works, this book has characters in it
that mirrored those in his own life. Tiny Tim was, in real
life, a younger son of his sister, Fran, and the conditions
of the poor in the book were those he saw as a boy.