We were afraid you weren't coming
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Ah, Ebenezer! We were afraid you weren't coming. It's almost closing, sir. Well, I'm here,...

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Tipton:
Ah, Ebenezer! We were afraid you weren't coming.
Forbush:
It's almost closing, sir.
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Well, I'm here, aren't I?
Pemberton:
I said you'd be here. Didn't I say Ebenezer Scrooge would be here? I knew you'd change your mind.
Ebenezer Scrooge:
You're right, I have changed my mind.
Tipton:
Oh, good. Then you'll take our bid?
Ebenezer Scrooge:
The price has gone up.
Forbush:
[stunned]
Gone up? But that's not possible!
Ebenezer Scrooge:
You want my corn, gentlemen, you must meet my quote. Plus five-percent for the delay.
Pemberton:
That's outrageous, Scrooge! You'll be left with a warehouse stuffed with corn!
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Well, that's my affair, isn't it?
Tipton:
We pay your price, then our bread will be dearer; the poor will suffer!
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Buy the corn someplace else. Good day, sir.
Forbush:
Scrooge, a moment! We'll take your corn for the price you quoted yesterday.
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Too late. If you wait until tomorrow, it'll cost you another five-percent.
Tipton:
Damn it, Scrooge! It's not fair!
Ebenezer Scrooge:
No. But it's business. I'll give you a moment to make up your minds.
[walks a few feet away to allow the men to deliberate in privacy for a few seconds until they turn to look at him]

Tipton:
All right, Scrooge. Done and done.
Ebenezer Scrooge:
Very good, gentlemen. Now, make sure that the drop of the entire amount of this transaction is deposited with my clerk. I don't ship until I have the cash...
[makes a fist]

Ebenezer Scrooge:
... in hand. Good day.

Transcript:
- We were afraid you weren't coming. - It's almost closing, sir. - I'm here. - I said you'd be here. - I knew you'd change your mind. - You're right. I've changed my mind. - Then you'll take our bid? - The price has gone up. Gone up? That's not possible. You want my corn, you must meet my quote. Plus five percent for the delay. You'll be left with a warehouse stuffed with corn. - That's my affair. - If we pay your price... ...our bread will be dearer. The poor will suffer. Buy the corn someplace else. Scrooge, a moment. We'll take your corn at the price you quoted yesterday. Too late. Tomorrow it'll cost you another five percent. It's not fair! No. But it's business. I'll give you a moment to make up your minds. All right, Scrooge. Done and done. Very good, gentlemen. Now make sure that the draw for this transaction... ...is deposited with my clerk. I don't ship until I have the cash in hand. Good day. - Mr. Scrooge, I presume? - Indeed you do, sir. - You don't know us. - Nor do I wish to. My name is Poole, and this is Mr. Hacking. - Excellent. Now allow me to pass. - Let me explain. At this festive season of the year, it seems desirable... ...that those of us with means should make some provision... ...for the poor and destitute who suffer greatly at this time. Are you seeking money from me? Thousands are in want of common necessaries... ...and in want of common comforts. - Are there no prisons? - Plenty of prisons. - Are the workhouses in operation? I wish I could say no. The treadmill, the poorhouses... ...still in full vigor? - All very busy, sir. I was afraid from what you said... ...that something had stopped them in full force. A few of us are endeavoring to raise a fund... ...to buy the poor some meat, drink, food and warmth. - What can we put you down for, sir? - Nothing. - You wish to be anonymous? - I wish to be left alone. Since you asked me what I wish, that is my answer. I don't make merry myself at Christmas... ...and I can't afford to make idle people merry. My taxes help to support the public institutions. And they cost enough. Those who are badly off must go there. Many can't go there. And many would rather die. Well, if they would rather die, perhaps they had better do so... ...and decrease the surplus population. You don't mean that? - With all my heart. Now if you will go about your business... ...and allow me to go about mine. Good day.

Clip duration: 168 seconds
Views: 161
Timestamp in movie: 00:00:00
Uploaded: 12 December, 2020
Genres: drama, family, fantasy
Summary: An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.


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Actors

Tipton - John Sharp
Forbush - Danny Davies
Ebenezer Scrooge - George C. Scott
Pemberton - Derek Francis