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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Feature - Scrooge (1951)


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Louise Hampton - Ernest Thesiger - Kathleen Harrison

Charwoman, Laundress, and Undertaker's Man

"Scrooge and the Phantom came into the presence of this
man, just as a woman with a heavy bundle slunk into the
shop. But she had scarcely entered, when another woman,
similarly laden, came in too; and she was closely followed by
a man in faded black, who was no less startled by the sight
of them, than they had been upon the recognition of each
other. After a short period of blank astonishment, in which
the old man with the pipe had joined them, they all three
burst into a laugh.
'Let the charwoman alone to be the first.' cried she who
had entered first. 'Let the laundress alone to be the second;
and let the undertaker's man alone to be the third. Look
here, old Joe, here's a chance. If we haven't all three met
here without meaning it.'"

   - A Christmas Carol, Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits

  • The characters of the laundress (at left) is performed by Louise Hampton
  • The characters of the undertaker Mr. Stretch (center) is performed by Ernest Thesiger
  • The characters of the charwoman Mrs. Dilber (at right) is performed by Kathleen Harrison
  • To be consistent with the novel, Mrs. Dilber should be the laundress rather than the charwoman, and she should not have been the one selling Scrooge's bed curtains
  • Mrs. Dilber and Mr. Stretch also appear in an earlier scene (not in the book) waiting outside old Marley's sick room for him to die

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