Classic (fiction), 2,894 words, Level Z2 (Grade 5+), Multi-Part Classics, Lexile 870L
Readers are introduced to Ebenezer Scrooge, a stingy, joyless money-lender in nineteenth-century London whose business partner died years before. His unhappiness is further emphasized by his negative response to his nephew, who has invited him to Christmas dinner. After berating his clerk, and insulting two gentlemen who are asking for a charitable contribution, Scrooge retires to his lonely, melancholy home. Upon entering the home, he notices that his door knocker has turned into the face of his late partner, Jacob Marley.
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