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The backstory for "A Christmas Carol" - Input Junkie
December 27th, 2010
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The backstory for "A Christmas Carol"
Peter David explains that it's really science fiction.

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From:sodyera
Date:December 27th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)

Commented to Peter David

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The subject, Mr. Scrooge (whose name I believe was a deliberate stab at the frugal Dutch) was depicted as an elderly man, possibly undernourished. Gruel was a standard food item back then but if he had so much wealth he probably wouldn't spring for a full-time housekeeper, which was the standard of the day. So no doubt he did his own cooking and at the end of his workday he came home and did the 19th century equivalent of warming up some leftovers, as no cooking process was mentioned in the play. If that food sat around all day before being re-heated there is a possibility that the ingredients spoiled or something in the original composition was of questionable quality. Maybe he just used bad water.

I think Scrooge was having a food-poisoning event on Christmas Eve, possibly even a heart-related emergency. If his metabolism had been dragged down badly enough by his diet, Scrooge's visitations, clear memories of events long passed plus an estimation of future happenings point to hallucination, and possibly a Near-Death Experience, or NDE. Fortunately, he was robust enough to recover from the episode and as a side-benefit experience a change of heart as well.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:December 29th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Commented to Peter David

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As Scrooge himself said, "More of gravy than of grave."
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From:sodyera
Date:December 29th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Commented to Peter David

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Well, even he suspected his own gruel.
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