« Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. »
With these words Charles Dickens began A Christmas Carol, a tale of ghosts and redemption and Christmas Eve, with the famous character of the avaricious old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.
The 5e International class performed a short version of the play to help celebrate the festive season with their classmates from the 6e International section.
First Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old partner, Marley, who warns him that if he doesn’t change his ways, he will be doomed.
The spirits of Christmas Past and Christmas Present then visit him and take him to places long forgotten. They also take him to the home of his clerk, Bob Crachit, whose poor family is struggling, particularly since one of the children, Tiny Tim, is a cripple and very weak.
Finally, Scrooge is shown a vision of his future and two people who are not sad at all that he has died. In fact, they are very happy as they stand to make a profit off his bedclothes, his sheets and even the nightdress he wore on his death bed.
All this finally makes Scrooge realize the error of his ways and helps him change. He promises, « I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. » He helps the Crachits and becomes like a second father to Tim.
Scrooge becomes « as good a friend, as good a master, as good a man, as the good old city knew. » And so the entire class was able to say, along with Tiny Tim, a very merry holiday season to all !