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Sequestered Scrooge

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was published on December 19th, 1843. The story is about a repugnant man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taken through trials and learns many lessons throughout the story by three ghosts. At the beginning of the story, Scrooge was described as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster” (stave 1). The ghost’s names are the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. At the end of the story, Scrooge has turned his life around and is jovial and generous. Scrooge described himself at the end by saying, ”I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man” (stave 5). The trials Scrooge is taken through and the lessons he learns are written in three letters addressed to each ghost.

Dear Ghost of Christmas Past,

Since I am sequestered at home, I have a lot of time on my hands. I am writing to say thank you for visiting me on that cold dark night. Marley’s Ghost had warned me about you coming to see me and I had anxiously waited for your arrival. You took me down memory lane and reminded me of my childhood and who I use to be. I was so confused as to why you had to come to remind me of all of those painful and joyful memories, but now I understand. I have been visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come and it has been revealed to me why you came to see me in the first place. You reminded me of my family and friends and how joyful Christmas could be. I was reminded of all of the beautiful Christmas smells and traditions. You also reminded me of how greedy and lonely I had become. You showed me memories that made me feel empathy for those neglected. Before I was visited by you and the other ghosts I would have been beyond joyful to stay at home alone, but now after all the ghosts have visited me, I can not wait to go and see all of my friends and family. Thank you for helping me become the generous and jovial man I am today.

Sincerely Sequestered,


Dear Ghost of Christmas Present,

I am writing to say thank you for visiting me and thank you for all you have done for me. I remember the night that you came, I awaited your arrival and thought I was prepared. I was not prepared at all, you showed up in a flash of light, dressed in a green garment, and you were surrounded by a feast of food. I was more accepting of meeting you than the ghost of Christmas past and was excited to see what lessons I would learn. You took me around town and showed me how joyful and excited everyone was about Christmas. There was not one unhappy soul in town. Next, you took me to see Tiny Tim who always makes the best out of any situation despite his disability. My soul was softened by this because his family remembered me during their dinner. They thought about me and wished the best upon me, even when I did not do the same to them. I was so heartbroken to find out that Tiny Tim would not make it in the future, but I was soon relieved to know that if the present changes then he would! You then took me to see my family, who remembered me too and they were joyful. They made jokes about me, but in the end, they only wanted the best for me. This made me very jovial. I was changed dramatically from this experience and my soul was softened. You showed me how important family is and I learned how important generosity is to the people around me.

Sincerely Sequestered,


Dear Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come,

I am writing to thank you for everything you have done for me! Since I am sequestered at home I have had a lot of time to think about all of the lessons I have learned from the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and from you. When I met you, you would not speak to me and I feared you. I was thankful that you had come and I was prepared to see what you were going to show me. You never said a word to me as you glided along in your dark black cloak. You showed me a funeral scene and showed me three people going through the belongings of the deceased. Next, we went to the Cratchit household where Tiny Tim had died. I never want my life to end in such a miserable way. I am so thankful that you showed me what I was going to become if I did not change my ways. I pledged to you that day that I was going to change my ways so that my future would be altered. As soon as you left I felt by burdens leave, I was light-hearted, giddy, and excited. I was consumed by tears and laughter all at once. I went into the streets and congregated with all of the wonderful people. I gave Bob Cratchit a much-deserved raise and helped his family out. Tiny Tim didn´t die and I became like a second father to him. My heart is now joyful again and I love Christmas!

Sincerely Sequestered,


Works Cited

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. 1843. Project Gutenberg, 27 Apr. 2020. 

2 thoughts on “Sequestered Scrooge

  1. Caeley I think you did a very good job of portraying what Scrooge would have told the ghosts had he been able to write them letters. Your letters were really well thought out and arranged in such a way that they seemed like a genuine letter you would read from Scrooge. A job well done!


  2. Caeley, “Sequestered Scrooge” presents a well-written and engaging series of letters penned by Ebenezer Scrooge to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Offering more of about the nature of the quarantine would make this strong project even stronger. I hope that you’ll consider submitting it to Sanctuary, CVCC’s literary magazine, when there’s a call for submissions next fall. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with you and wish you all the best with your future endeavors.


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