Thursday, December 25, 2008

"What's to-day, my fine fellow?"

Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs.

"I don't know what day of the month it is," said Scrooge. "I don't know how long I've been among the Spirits. I don't know anything. I'm quite a baby. Never mind. I don't care. I'd rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!"

He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell! Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!

Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious. Glorious!

"What's to-day?" cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him.

"Eh?" returned the boy, with all his might of wonder.

"What's to-day, my fine fellow?" said Scrooge.

"To-day?" replied the boy. "Why, Christmas Day."


  1. This moment in the film always makes me giggle and smile...especially in one of the older versions...I'll have to look up which one it is where the actor does this just right.

  2. We had a problem at the Christmas feast. We tuned the cable to "Sounds of the Season" with Christmas music to set the tone. Of course one of the brother-in-laws had to grab the remote and a rumpus broke out over what Christmas movie to put on. It's a Wonderful Life, The Christmas Story, The Santa Clause, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and The Grinch were all on at the same time. I was too busy cooking and serving food to get invovled. But when I finally sat down and grabbed the remote, I settled it.

    I put on "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon." Since my father-in-law and I both love that movie, that is what we saw.

    You can always count on the Duke.

  3. Alistair Sims, I think, is generally considered the best.

    Though I'm rather fond of Albert Finney.

  4. lol, Troop!

    In my house, it would've been Die Hard!

  5. In my house, it would've been Die Hard!

    Hee... we watched it a couple weeks ago. It and Charlie Brown and the Grinch have to be among my favorites. I have watched "It's a Wonderful Life" too many times and have vowed not to watch it until I'm 50.

    I really like the George C. Scott version of Scrooge. And it's nicely surprising to see David Warner in a sympathetic role!

  6. I'll always think of David Warner as EVIL.

    And when I first saw Die Hard, I thought Alan Rickman was basically getting David Warner's role....

    I can watch IAWL over-and-over again, along with Capra's Mr. Smith, Mr. Deeds, etc.


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