I understand the deliverance of redemption, total transformation of the spirit—but my dear old friend, Ebenezer Scrooge, wasn't such a bad chap before all that.
To be sure, there were moments when the dark knight of his soul simply ran amok with him—but old Scrooge was a frugal, thinking, and sorely misunderstood man.
- He was environmentally conscious, limiting his use of coal.
- As a small business owner he was a job creator and not one of the 1%.
- And any arm-chair shrink should be able to explain how all his losses combined to create the armor around his heart, which appears as meanness to the casual glance.