Date of publication: 2017-08-25 00:07
Ralphie as Adult : [ narrating ] In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
Ralphie as Adult : [ narrating ] Oh, life is like that. Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.
In this quote, Scrooge uses his signature phrase "Bah, Humbug!" to refute his nephew's well-wishes. "Bah" is a sound Scrooge uses to express scorn, and "humbug" means a lie or false behavior. Thus, Scrooge here denies both that Christmas is a merry time and that God will save him--or, perhaps, anyone. Scrooge's meanness extends even to himself--he is not fond of anyone or anything, including his own life or future. Scrooge sees so much negativity in the world that he does not find much merriness or salvation anywhere in his life or anyone else's. He is irritated when anyone suggests anything to the contrary, and thus a cheerful greeting such as this is exactly the sort of statement that grinds his gears.
The Ghost of Christmas Past first brings Scrooge to his old boarding school, which he attended as a child. Though it is mostly deserted because the students went home for the holidays, Scrooge remains behind for unclear reasons. In this quote, Scrooge weeps at the lonely memory.
By the time the Ghost of Christmas Future comes to visit Scrooge, he has already learned his lesson: no good will ever come of his miserly ways, for himself or for the people around him. Yet, the Ghost refuses to address him, even though Scrooge entreats him to do so in this quote.
The three months Charles spent apart from his family were severely traumatic. He viewed his job as a miserable trap--he considered himself too good for it, stirring the contempt of his worker-companions. After his father was released from prison, Dickens returned to school, eventually becoming a law clerk. He went on to serve as a court reporter before taking his place as one of the most popular English novelists of his time. At age 75, Dickens completed his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, which met with great success. This started his career as an English literary celebrity, during which he produced such masterpieces as Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and A Tale of Two Cities.
Ralphie as Adult : [ narrating ] Actually the Old Man loved it. He had always pictured himself in the pits of the Indianapolis Speedway in the 555. My old man's spare tires were actually only tires in the academic sense. They were round, they had once been made of rubber.
Schwartz : Hey, smart ass. I asked my old man about sticking your tongue to a flagpole in the winter, and he says that it'll freeze right to the pole, just like I told ya.