chapter  2
With what astrange mastery it seized him for itself": The Conversion of the Financier in A Christmas Carol
Pages 30

Forster's comment about the story's "strange mastery" of Dickens is highly appropriate: the Carol is a tale of obsession with money, the lack of money, and the effects of money; and at the same time the Carol itself is an obsessional narrative structute, in which doublings and redoublings, retumings and refigutations both emphasize the circular nature oflife in a society based on financial capitalism, and infect "redemption" itself with doubleness and ambiguity.