1 The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley.
2 Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name.
3 "Let me leave it alone, then," said Scrooge.
4 External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge.
5 They often "came down" handsomely and Scrooge never did.
6 There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley.
7 And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change for anything he chose to put his hand to.'
8 Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal.
9 Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names.
10 Once upon a time--of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve--old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.
11 It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.
12 Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner.
13 To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance, was what the knowing ones call "nuts" to Scrooge.
14 The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open, that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.
15 And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.
16 But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part.
17 He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge's, that he was all in a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked again.
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