One Night or Two?

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"It's Christmas Day!" said Scrooge to himself. "I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can" (Dickens).


It kind of baffled me as to why Dickens would choose to show the reader that the ghosts were coming on different nights, if in the end they were all going to only come in one night. It's very convenient that it's just in time for Scrooge to make amends on Christmas day. If they were all going to come in one night anyway why would Dickens write:

"Expect the first to-morrow, when the bell tolls One."

"Couldn't I take 'em all at once, and have it over, Jacob?" hinted Scrooge.

"Expect the second on the next night at the same hour. The third upon the next night when the last stroke of Twelve has ceased to vibrate" (Dickens).

At first, I thought it might have something to do with how Scrooge didn't have power in the situation that was taking place, which may be partly a result of it, but I think that there is more to it than that. It may have something to do with heightening the story being centered on Christmas. If so, then it would support that Scrooge was only going to be nice because it was Christmas, and he most likely wouldn't have been nice on any other day of the year. He seems so happy that it's Christmas because then he can show he has changed. Couldn't he have shown this transformation in himself on some other day by still giving to charities and being nicer? Anyone else have a theory as to why Dickens would write it this way?

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