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"Ebenezer Scrooge’s example may be unique in Dickens’ work: the story’s motivation is the regeneration of a single lost soul . . . This change of life is not as sudden (as Chesterton said) “as the conversion of a man at a Salvation Army”; the process as presented in Dickens’ narrative is precise and subtle, playing on the man’s deeper repressed feelings aroused from a recollection of his former self, an education through the example of his clerk and nephew, and a warning of what his fate will be should he follow the same path in his life.i"

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