Mr. Cratchit with his youngest son, Tim.
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. (19 December 1843)
In the story, Cratchit is first seen at work, where he copies letters by hand in an underheated "dismal little cell," "a sort of tank". He is repeatedly described as "ugly" and clothes himself in a tattered white comforter, since he cannot afford a coat. Cratchit is treated poorly by Ebenezer Scrooge and given a weekly salary of "but fifteen bob," insufficient to feed his family a proper Christmas dinner. Nevertheless, he remains loyal to his employer, even in face of the protestations of his wife who, for years, has watched her husband work faithfully for the neglectful and stingy Mr. Scrooge.
Scrooge invisibly visits Cratchit and his family in their small Camden Town home on Christmas Day as well as on a future Christmas. He is accompanied on these visits by the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, respectively. It is partly through concern for the plight of Cratchit's youngest son, the frail and crippled Tiny Tim, that Scrooge makes the transformation from miser to philanthropist, offering Cratchit a raise and "discussion of his affairs".
There are 7 members of his family:
- Mrs. Emily Cratchit, Bob Cratchit's wife.
- Martha Cratchit, the eldest daughter, who works as an apprentice at a milliner's.
- Belinda Cratchit, the second daughter.
- Peter Cratchit, the heir, for whom his father is arranging employment at the weekly rate of five shillings and sixpence.
- Matthew Cratchit
- Lucy Cratchit
- Timothy "Tiny Tim" Cratchit. He appears to be crippled in the plays, films, and television adaptations. His malady was never outright stated in the original novella.
Public Domain Appearances
- A Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Carol (1910)
- A Christmas Carol aka Old Scrooge (1913)
- A Christmas Carol (1914)
- The Right to Be Happy (1916)
- Scrooge (1935)