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"Tiny Tim" with his father, Bob Cratchit.
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. (19 December 1843)
Timothy Cratchit, called "Tiny Tim", is a fictional character from the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. He is a minor character, the young son of Bob Cratchit, and is seen only briefly, but serves as an important symbol of the consequences of the protagonist's choices.
When Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by The Ghost of Christmas Present he is shown just how ill Tim really is, and that Tim will die unless he receives treatment (which the family cannot afford due to Scrooge's miserliness). When visited by The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, all he sees of Tim is his crutch, as Tim has died. This, and several other visions, lead Scrooge to reform his ways. At the end of the story, Dickens makes it explicit that Tim did not die, and Scrooge became a "second father" to him.
In the story, Tiny Tim is known for the statement, "God bless us, every one!" which he offers as a blessing at Christmas dinner. Dickens repeats the phrase at the end of the story. This is symbolic of Scrooge's change in heart.
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)