‘That is true. Although, it is almost six months since we saw the Spirit. Do you think he is a living being?’
“I do not think I have,” said Scrooge. “I am afraid I have not. Have you had many brothers, Spirit?”
“Guide me!” said Scrooge. “Lead me! The night advances rapidly, and it is a precious time for me, I know it. Spirit, escort me!”
“Here is a new game,” said Scrooge. “Half an hour, Spirit, only half an hour!”
“Oh! Yes,” cried Scrooge. “You are right. It is not for me to say otherwise, Spirit. God forbid!”
“Spirit!” said Scrooge in a broken voice, “remove me from this place.”
“Spirit!” he said, “this place is awful. In leaving it, I will not forget the lesson it has given me; believe me. Let’s go!”
“What is the matter?” asked the Spirit.
“Spirit! Are they your children?”
“Me!” cried the Spirit.