Scrooge & Marley
by Karl Hollenbach
IF YOU, AS THE AUTHOR, COULD INTERVIEW A SECONDARY CHARACTER IN SCROOGE AND MARLEY, HOW WOULD YOU IMAGINE THE INTERVIEW?
The author interviews Bob Cratchet
AUTHOR Mr. Cratchet. . .
CRATCHET You may call me Bob.
AUTHOR Bob … you probably knew Mr. Scrooge better than anyone during his adult life.
CRATCHET You are correct, sir, I have been in his employ for nearly twenty years, the only clerk at Scrooge and Marley.
AUTHOR The business is now Scrooge, Marley, and Cratchet. Is that not right Mr. . . . Bob?
CRATCHET Yes, shortly after Mr. Scrooge’s “change” he made me a partner.
AUTHOR You use the word, change. Can you tell me about that?
CRATCHET Well,’ sir, it was a most strange and wondrous thing that happened to Mr. Scrooge. He was a fair man, a man of his word, but how shall I say it … he was not a friendly man. Everything was business. He was not married, you know.
Some called him a skinflint, some a miser, but I thought of him as a lonely old gentleman who had no one to love or no one to love him.
AUTHOR He has a nephew, I believe?
CRATCHET Oh, Master Fred is a fine nephew. Visited his uncle every Christmas Eve to invite him to his house for Christmas dinner, and always wished him a Merry Christmas even when Mr. Scrooge would tell him it was a humbug. That was a favorite expression Mr. Scrooge called about everything that brings happiness to people.
AUTHOR Didn’t Mr. Scrooge live with his nephew and his wife Kathleen after his … what you called it . . . change?
CRATCHET He did, sir. And was loved by Mrs. Kathleen.
AUTHOR You started telling me about Mr. Scrooge’s change
CRATCHET It was quite sudden, young man. One day Mr. Scrooge was – all business and the next day — completely the opposite. For years, Mr. Scrooge appeared to be unhappy about giving me Christmas day off, the next time he wanted me to go home early on Christmas Eve. Miserly when I asked for a small raise, he later made me his partner.
AUTHOR Can you tell me more about this abrupt change?
CRATCHET Well sir, when Mr. Scrooge departed our house after joining my family for Charismas dinner, he said something about “parting,” I thought. With all the noise and revelry from my children, I couldn’t hear all he said and merely nodded my head yes, and smiled. I did not realize that he wanted to surprise me just before leaving by informing me that I was to be his partner in Scrooge and Marley.
The next morning I arrived later than usual, and hurried to my desk. “Well?” asked Mr. Scrooge, with a questioning smile on his face “The holidays, Mr. Scrooge. It won’t happen again,” was my rather tremulous excuse.
“Didn’t you see it, man?” exclaimed Mr. Scrooge. I was becoming puzzled. “See what, Mr. Scrooge?” I asked. I became afraid Mr. Scrooge was seeing ghosts again.
“Go outside, Cratchet,” instructed Mr. Scrooge. My bewildered look required him to add, “Look up, always look up, but particularly at the sign!”
A partner! Now I understood what Mr. Scrooge was smiling about. On the other hand, did I? I rushed back into the office and could only stammer, “I . . . I . . . “ Until Mr. Scrooge said, “Bob, take the rest of the day off and celebrate with your family.”
AUTHOR How do you explain the change?
CRATCHET For Mr. Scrooge, no lost soul is every forgotten. For me, I never allowed myself to become bitter. I always try to appreciate what I have, a loving wife, a beautiful family and even Mr. Scrooge is, was, consistently and predictably of a certain demeanor.
Mr. Scrooge’s sudden transformation tells me that a soul is never lost, simply misdirected for a time.
About The Author
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1925, Karl F. Hollenbach graduated from a local public high school in 1943 as a major in the junior ROTC. Entering the army on Christmas Eve that same year, he served as a sergeant in World War II with the U.S. Engineers. Assigned to the Seventh Army he crossed the Rhine River into Germany, ending up in Austria at the end of the European war.
He attended Biarritz American University, Purdue University, the University of Kentucky and earned a Masters of Education degree and Rank I in education from the University of Louisville. After 20 years in business as a sales representative, manager, and owner-operator of several retail stores, he made a career change to education.
During the next 18 years, he taught in the Louisville, Kentucky public schools and the Hardin County Catholic school system. After the merger of two of the largest Kentucky public school systems, Karl served as a consultant to the Jefferson County school system and was a lecturer/coordinator of student teachers at the University of Louisville, School of Education.
A student of esoteric studies for over 50 years, he is a member of the Rosicrucian Order, Self-Realization Fellowship and the Association for Research and Enlightenment. He has lectured on esoteric subjects in a dozen cities, and his metaphysical articles have been published in Japan
and England as well as the United States.
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About The Book
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Books, Authors And Artists, div of internet marketing KY, LLC.
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A year after Ebenezer Scrooge encountered the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley, as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge relives the previous Christmas and is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley once more. Mediating for his friend and partner by fulfilling his requests, Scrooge witnesses an altogether different story.
This expansion on Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, recounts how Marley unshackles his soul from previous deeds allowing Scrooge to partake of redemption.
Relive and recapture the essence of Christmas while exploring the wonders of life, living and death.