A Christmas Carol with English-Spanish Dictionary by Charles Dickens (online free books)

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A Christmas Carol Text

Christmas - Navidad

Carol - villancico

Charles - Carlos


Chapter - capítulo, sede, sección

stave - duela, estrofa, pentagrama

ghost - fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

dead - muerto

no doubt whatever - Sin duda alguna

register - registro, registro, registrar, registrarse

burial - entierro, soterramiento, enterramiento, sepultura

signed - firmado; senal

clergyman - clérigo

clerk - clérigo, oficinista, secretario, escribiente

undertaker - enterrador; director de funeraria

chief - jefe, principal

upon - sobre, en, tras

change for - cambiar por

nail - un clavo; una

Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will, therefore, permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

mind - mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito, voluntad

knowledge - conocimiento, conocimientos, sabiduría, checkconocimiento

particularly - en particular; particularmente

myself - yo mismo; me

regard - respecto a; considerar

coffin - ataúd, féretro, cajón

deadest - el más muerto; muerto

ironmongery - ferretería

trade - comercio

wisdom - sabiduría

ancestors - ancestros; ancestro, antepasado

simile - símil

unhallowed - Deshacerse

shall - sí; panish: ''shall followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense''

disturb - perturbar, molestar

therefore - por qué; por eso, por consiguiente, por lo tanto, por ende

permit - permiso; permitir

emphatically - enfáticamente

Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don't know how many years.

otherwise - o no; de otro

Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole[12] administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

executor - albacea, ejecutor

administrator - administrador, administradora, albacea

assign - asignar, designar, ceder

residuary - residuos

legatee - legatario

cut up - Cortar

excellent - excelente, sobresaliente, prominente, excelso

funeral - funeral

solemnised - Solemnizar

undoubted - indudable

bargain - trato, ganga, bicoca, chollo, regatear

The mention of Marley's funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet's Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot-say St.

mention - mención, mencionar, mentar

doubt - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

relate - relacionar; identificarse (con)

perfectly - perfectamente

Convinced - convencido; convencer

hamlet - aldehuela, caserío, aldea, villar

more remarkable - más notable

stroll - paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

easterly - Este

wind - viento, aire

ramparts - murallas; baluarte, muralla, terraplén, defensa, muro

Middle - medio, centro, cintura, central

gentleman - caballero, senores

turning out - resultar, aparecer; apagar la luz

breezy - fresco

spot - unto; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

Paul's Church-yard, for instance-literally to astonish his son's weak mind.

Paul - Pablo

church - iglesia, servicio religioso, culto, misa

instance - caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

literally - literalmente, literal

astonish - asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

weak - débil, feble, flaco, flojo

Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names. It was all the same to him.

afterwards - después

warehouse - almacén, depósito, almacenar

firm - firma; firme, sólido

Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.

tight - apretado, ajustado, tensado, tensionado, tenso

fisted - puno

grindstone - muela, afiladora, esmoladera

squeezing - apretando; (squeeze); exprimir, apretar, apretujar, apuro

wrenching - desgarrando; arrancar

grasping - agarrando; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión

scraping - Raspando; (scrap) Raspando

clutching - agarrando; agarrar

sinner - pecador, pecadora

sharp - agudo, afilado, filoso, listo, sostenido, agrio, certero

Flint - pedernal, sílex, piedra

steel - acero

struck out - Golpear, atacar; ser eliminado; salir de viaje, empezar

generous - generoso, magnánimo, dadivoso, munificente

secret - secreto, arcano

self - yo; uno mismo

contained - contenido; contener, dominar

solitary - solitario

oyster - ostra, ostra, tumba

within - dentro de, adentro

froze - se congeló; congelar

features - aracterísticas; característica, atracción, atractivo, reportaje

nipped - nipped; pellizcar

shrivelled - arrugado; arrugar

cheek - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

stiffened - rígido; atiesar, entiesar, endurecer, atiesarse, entiesarse

gait - caminar; andar

lips - labios; labio, labro

shrewdly - con astucia; astutamente, con perspicacia

grating - rechinante; rejilla, reja

voice - voz

A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

rime - rima

eyebrows - cejas; ceja

wiry - enjuto; fibroso

chin - barbilla, mentón

low - bajo

temperature - temperatura, fiebre

thaw - descongelar, derretir, deshelar, deshielo

degree - título, diploma, grado

External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No[13] warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.

external - externa; externo

heat - calor; temperatura

influence - influencia, influir, influenciar

warmth - calor, simpatía

wintry - invernal

chill - relajarme; frío

blew - sopló; golpe

bitterer - más amargo; amargo

intent - intención, intento, propósito, concentrado, entregado

purpose - propósito, fin; razón

entreaty - suplicas; petición, solicitud, plegaria

Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often "came down" handsomely and Scrooge never did.

foul - falta; asqueroso, fétido

heaviest - el más pesado; pesado

hail - Granizo, granizar; llamar, saludar

sleet - llovizna; perdigón de hielo, aguanieve, panish: t-needed

boast - presumir; vanagloriarse, jactarse de, fanfarronear

advantage - ventaja, beneficio, provecho

respect - respeto, respetar

handsomely - enerosamente

Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, "My dear Scrooge, how are you? When will you come to see me?" No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge.

gladsome - Contento

beggars - mendigos; mendigo, mendiga, pordiosero, mendicante

implored - imploró; implorar

bestow - otorgar; guardar, estibar, depositar, alojar, acordar, conceder

trifle - baratija; sopa inglesa, pizca, nadería, nimiedad, zarandaja

inquired - preguntó; investigar, informarse

such - cómo; así, tal, semejante, tan, qué

Even the blind men's dogs appeared to know him; and, when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their tails as though they said, "No eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master!"

blind - ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar

appeared - apareció; aparecer, comparecer

tug - tirón; tirar, halar

owners - propietarios; propietario, dueno, poseedor

doorways - puertas; entrada

Courts - tribunales; patio, callejón, corte, tribunal, juzgado

wag - meneo; menear, panish: t-needed

tails - colas; cola

though - ero..; no obstante, de todas formas, de todas maneras

evil - malo, malvado

Master - maestro; senor, dueno; senora, duena

But what did Scrooge care? It was the very thing he liked. To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance, was what the knowing ones call "nuts" to Scrooge.

care - te importa; cuidado

edge - orilla, borde, lado, arista, ventaja, filo

along - a lo largo, a lo largo de, por

crowded - abarrotado; multitud, muchedumbre

paths - caminos; camino, sendero

warning - advertencia, aviso, precaución, cuidado; (warn); alertar

human - humano

sympathy - simpatía; compasión, empatía, compasión

distance - distancia, lejanía, distanciarse, alejarse

nuts - nueces; fruto seco

Once upon a time-of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve-old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them. The City clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already-it had not been light all day-and candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air.

eve - víspera, vigilia

counting - contando; conde

bleak - lúgubre; inhóspito, desolado

foggy - niebla; brumoso

withal - con todo

Court - patio, callejón, corte, tribunal, juzgado

wheezing - Sibilancias; (wheeze); jadear, silbido, sibilancia

beating - golpeando; paliza, latido; (beat) golpeando; paliza, latido

breasts - senos; pecho, seno, teta, corazón, pechuga

stamping - Sello; (stamp); estampado, sello, timbrar, franquear

pavement - pavimento, asfalto

stones - piedras; piedra, roca, gema, piedra preciosa, hueso, cálculo

only just - por poco

candles - velas; vela, candela, cirio

flaring - explotando; bengala

ruddy - rubicundo

smears - manchas; manchar, untar, embadurnar, aplicar

palpable - palpable

The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that, although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms. To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything,[14] one might have thought that nature lived hard by and was brewing on a large scale.

Fog - niebla

pouring in - verter, llegar a raudales

chink - resquicio, grieta

keyhole - el ojo de la cerradura; ojo

dense - denso, compacto, macizo, espeso, tupido, obscuro

although - unque..; aunque, a pesar de

narrowest - más estrecho; estrecho

mere - simple, mero

phantoms - fantasmas; fantasma

dingy - mugriento; sucio, sórdido

cloud - nube; nublar

obscuring - ocultando; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

nature - naturaleza, natura

brewing - cervando; elaboración de cerveza; (brew) cervando; elaboración de cerveza

scale - escala

The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open, that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters. Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part.

dismal - lúgubre; mísero, miserable, triste, deprimente

cell - célula; celda

beyond - más allá de

sort - cómo; clase, tipo, género

tank - tanque, depósito

copying - copiando; copia, ejemplar, copiar, imitar, recibir

coal - carbón, hulla, brasa

replenish - rellenar, reponer

surely - seguro; seguramente, checksin duda

shovel - pala, traspalar, palear

predicted - predicho; predecir

necessary - es necesario; necesario, menester

Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of strong imagination, he failed.

wherefore - por qué

candle - una vela; vela, candela, cirio

effort - esfuerzo

imagination - imaginación, magín

failed - falló; fracasar

"A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.

merry - contento; alegre

God - endiosar, idolatrar, deificar

save - salvar, rescatar, redimir, parar, ahorrar, guardar, reservar

cried - lloró; llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

cheerful - alegre; animado

nephew - sobrino

intimation - Insinuación

approach - enfoque; acercarse, aproximarse

"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"

humbug - tonterías; farsa, disparate, tontería, bobería, fraude

He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge's, that he was all in a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked again.

heated - calentado; calor; temperatura

rapid - rápido, rápido, rabión

frost - escarcha, helada, escarchar, glasear, granizar

glow - resplandor; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

handsome - apuesto, guapo, de buen parecer, lindo

sparkled - brillaba; centelleo, destello

breath - respiración, aliento, respiro

smoked - fumado; humo

"Christmas a humbug, uncle!" said Scrooge's nephew. "You don't mean that, I am sure?"

"I do," said Scrooge. "Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough."

"Come, then," returned the nephew gaily. "What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough."

gaily - con alegría

morose - moroso; malhumorado

Scrooge, having no better answer ready on the spur of the moment, said, "Bah!" again; and followed it up with "Humbug!"

on the spur of the moment - por impulso, de improviso

"Don't be cross, uncle!" said the nephew.

Cross - cruz, aspa, sotuer, santiguamiento, senal de la cruz, cruce

"A Merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. "A Merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice.

"What else can I be," returned the uncle, "when I live in [15]such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas-time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books, and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you?

fools - idiotas; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

Christmas-time - (Christmas-time) época de Navidad

balancing - equilibrio, balance, balanza, balancear, equilibrar

item - artículo, insumo, elemento, producto

round - ronda; redondo

dozen - docena, decenas

against - contra, cerca de, frente, en contra, enfrente, en pugna

If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas'on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

indignantly - con indignación

idiot - idiota

boiled - hervido; hervir

pudding - pudin, pudín

buried - enterrado; enterrar

stake - estaca, participación, estacar, poner en juego

holly - acebo

heart - corazón

"Uncle!" pleaded the nephew.

pleaded - suplicado; rogar

"Nephew!" returned the uncle sternly, "keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine."

sternly - con severidad

mine - (el) mío, (la) mía, (los) míos, (las) mías

"Keep it!" repeated Scrooge's nephew. "But you don't keep it."

"Let me leave it alone, then," said Scrooge. "Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!"

alone - solo, a solas

"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say," returned the nephew; "Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas-time, when it has come round-apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that-as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

derived - derivado; derivar

profited - se benefició; ganancia, beneficio, explotar, beneficiarse

dare - te atreves; atraverse, osar

among - entre

rest - descansar; descanso, reposo

apart - aparte, separadamente

due - debido; salir de cuentas, mérito

sacred - sagrado

origin - origen

belonging to it - pertencer a

forgiving - perdonar, disculpar

charitable - caritativo, benéfico

pleasant - agradable, placentero

calendar - calendario, agenda, calendarizar

Seem - parecer

consent - consentir, consentimiento, venia, anuencia

shut - cerrar

hearts - corazones; corazón

freely - libremente

fellow - colega; tipo

passengers - pasajeros; pasajero

grave - tumba

race - carrera

creatures - criaturas; criatura

bound - atado; (bind); atar, atar (tie), empastar (books), liar

And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"

scrap - chatarra; pedacito, retazo

gold - oro

silver - plata

Pocket - bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

bless - bendecir

The clerk in the tank involuntarily applauded. Becoming immediately sensible of the impropriety, he poked the fire, and extinguished the last frail spark for ever.[16]

involuntarily - involuntariamente

applauded - aplaudido; aplaudir

immediately - inmediatamente, de inmediato, ya, sin demora

sensible - razonable, sensato, sesudo

poked - pinchado; meter

extinguished - extinguido; extinguir, apagar

Last - el último; último

frail - frágil; débil, delicado

spark - chispa

for ever - para siempre

"Let me hear another sound from you," said Scrooge, "and you'll keep your Christmas by losing your situation! You're quite a powerful speaker, sir," he added, turning to his nephew. "I wonder you don't go into Parliament."

powerful - poderoso

speaker - hablante, parlante, altavoz, altoparlante

wonder - me pregunto; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

Parliament - parlamento

"Don't be angry, uncle. Come! Dine with us to-morrow."

dine - cenar

morrow - manana; manana

Scrooge said that he would see him--Yes, indeed he did. He went the whole length of the expression, and said that he would see him in that extremity first.

indeed - de verdad; de hecho, realmente, efectivamente, verdaderamente

Length - largo, eslora (nautical: length of a ship from bow to stern)

expression - expresión, frase hecha

extremity - extremidad

"But why?" cried Scrooge's nephew. "Why?"

"Why did you get married?" said Scrooge.

"Because I fell in love."

"Because you fell in love!" growled Scrooge, as if that were the only one thing in the world more ridiculous than a merry Christmas. "Good afternoon!"

growled - grunó; rugido, grunir

ridiculous - ridículo

Good afternoon - Buenas tardes

"Nay, uncle, but you never came to see me before that happened. Why give it as a reason for not coming now?"

"Good afternoon," said Scrooge.

"I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?"

be friends - Ser amigos

"Good afternoon!" said Scrooge.

"I am sorry, with all my heart, to find you so resolute. We have never had any quarrel to which I have been a party. But I have made the trial in homage to Christmas, and I'll keep my Christmas humour to the last. So A Merry Christmas, uncle!"

resolute - decidido; resoluto

quarrel - discutir; pelea, rina

trial - proceso, juicio

homage - homenaje

humour - humor, seguir la corriente

"Good afternoon," said Scrooge.

"And A Happy New Year!"

"Good afternoon!" said Scrooge.

His nephew left the room without an angry word, notwithstanding. He stopped at the outer door to bestow the greetings of the season on the clerk, who, cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge; for he returned them cordially.

notwithstanding - a pesar de todo; no obstante

greetings - saludos; saludo

season - temporada; estación

cordially - cordialmente

"There's another fellow," muttered Scrooge, who overheard him: "my clerk, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas. I'll retire to Bedlam."[17]

muttered - murmuró; hablar entre dientes, murmurar

overheard - oído por casualidad; oír por casualidad, oír sin querer

shillings - chelines; chelín

retire - retirarse, jubilarse

bedlam - \"bedlam\"; pandemonio, caos

This lunatic, in letting Scrooge's nephew out, had let two other people in. They were portly gentlemen, pleasant to behold, and now stood, with their hats off, in Scrooge's office. They had books and papers in their hands, and bowed to him.

lunatic - insano, orate, lunático

gentlemen - caballeros; caballero, senores

behold - contemplar, mirar, observar, he aquí, mirad

bowed - inclinado; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

"Scrooge and Marley's, I believe," said one of the gentlemen, referring to his list. "Have I the pleasure of addressing Mr. Scrooge, or Mr. Marley?"

referring - referirse

pleasure - placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

Mr - Senor

"Mr. Marley has been dead these seven years," Scrooge replied. "He died seven years ago, this very night."

replied - respondió; responder, repetir, respuesta

"We have no doubt his liberality is well represented by his surviving partner," said the gentleman, presenting his credentials.

liberality - liberalidad

represented - representado; representar

surviving - sobreviviendo; sobrevivir

credentials - credenciales; credencial, credencial

It certainly was; for they had been two kindred spirits. At the ominous word "liberality" Scrooge frowned, and shook his head, and handed the credentials back.

Certainly - seguro; ciertamente, sin duda, a todas luces, por supuesto

kindred - pariente; etnia

spirits - espíritus; espíritu, alma, onda, alcohol, bebida espirituosa

ominous - ominoso, siniestro, agorero

frowned - frunció el ceno; fruncir el ceno

shook - Sacudido; (shake); agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida

"At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."

taking up - tomando

desirable - deseable, conveniente

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

provision - provisión, aprovisionar, avituallar

destitute - indigente

suffer - sufrir, penar, empeorar

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

necessaries - necesidades; necesario, menester

comforts - comodidades; comodidad, consuelo, confortar

"Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge.

prisons - árceles; cárcel, prisión, penitenciaría, chirona

"Plenty of prisons," said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

plenty - bastante; abundancia

laying down - ponerse, acostarse, tumbarse

"And the Union workhouses?" demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"

Union - unión

workhouses - Trabajo

demanded - exigió; demanda, exigencia, exigir, demandar

operation - operación, operación

"They are. Still," returned the gentleman, "I wish I could say they were not."

wish - deseo, gana, desear

"The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?" said Scrooge.

Treadmill - cinta ergométrica, máquina de caminar, andadora, caminadora

law - ley

full vigour - todo el vigor, toda la energía

"Both very busy, sir."

"Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course," said Scrooge. "I am very glad to hear it."[18]

occurred - ocurrió; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

Glad - feliz, alegre, contento

"Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude," returned the gentleman, "a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?"

impression - impresión

scarcely - apenas, difícilmente

furnish - amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

Christian - cristiano, cristiana, Cristián

cheer - animar; viva, hurra

multitude - multitud

endeavouring - se esfuerza; esforzarse

raise - subir; levantar

fund - fondo, capital, financiar, sufragar, patrocinar

keenly - con entusiasmo

abundance - abundancia

rejoices - se alegra; alegrarse, regocijarse

"Nothing!" Scrooge replied.

"You wish to be anonymous?"

anonymous - anónimo

"I wish to be left alone," said Scrooge. "Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don't make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned-they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

Since - desde cuándo; desde entonces, desde que, ya que, dado que

make merry - festejar, celebrar, disfrutar

afford - pagar; costear, permitirse

idle - ocioso; parado, inactivo

support - apoyo; aguantar, sostener

establishments - establecimientos; establecimiento, establishment

mentioned - mencionado; mención, mencionar, mentar

those - esos, esas, aquéllos, aquellas

badly - malamente

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides-excuse me-I don't know that."

decrease - disminuir, mermar, disminución

surplus - sobra, superávit, sobrante, excedente

population - población

besides - además; al lado de, cabe

Excuse - disculpe; excusar, perdonar, panish: t-needed

"But you might know it," observed the gentleman.

observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

"It's not my business," Scrooge returned. "It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people's. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!"

interfere - panish: t-needed

occupies - ocupar

constantly - constantemente

Seeing clearly that it would be useless to pursue their point, the gentlemen withdrew. Scrooge resumed his labours with an improved opinion of himself, and in a more facetious temper than was usual with him.

Clearly - está claro; claramente, por lo claro

useless - inútil, negado

pursue - perseguir, apuntar a

withdrew - se retiró; retirar(se)

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

labours - trabajos; trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

facetious - curioso; fisgón, socarrón, faceto

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

usual - lo de siempre; usual, habitual

Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so, that people ran about with flaring links, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages, and conduct them on their way. The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards, as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.

Meanwhile - y mientras tanto; mientras tanto, entretanto, a todo esto

darkness - oscuridad, tinieblas

thickened - engrosado; espesar

links - enlaces; eslabón

proffering - proferir; ofrecer

services - ervicios; servicio

carriages - carrozas; coche, carruaje

conduct - conducción, conducta, guiar, dirigir, manejar, conducir

ancient - antiguo

tower - torre

whose - de quién; quién, quien, cuyo, cuya, cuyas

gruff - grunón; ronco

bell - campana

peeping - espiando; espiar

slily - Perezosamente

Gothic - gótico

invisible - invisible

struck - golpeado; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar

clouds - nubes; nublar

tremulous - tembloroso; trémulo

vibrations - vibraciones; vibración

chattering - Charlando; (chatter) Charlando

frozen - congelado; congelar

The cold became[19] intense. In the main street, at the corner of the court, some labourers were repairing the gas-pipes, and had lighted a great fire in a brazier, round which a party of ragged men and boys were gathered: warming their hands and winking their eyes before the blaze in rapture. The water-plug being left in solitude, its overflowings suddenly congealed, and turned to misanthropic ice. The brightness of the shops, where holly sprigs and berries crackled in the lamp heat of the windows, made pale faces ruddy as they passed. Poulterers'and grocers'trades became a splendid joke: a glorious pageant, with which it was next to impossible to believe that such dull principles as bargain and sale had anything to do. The Lord mayor, in the stronghold of the mighty Mansion House, gave orders to his fifty cooks and butlers to keep Christmas as a Lord Mayor's household should; and even the little tailor, whom he had fined five shillings on the previous Monday for being drunk and blood-thirsty in the streets, stirred up to-morrow's pudding in his garret, while his lean wife and the baby sallied out to buy the beef.

intense - intenso

corner - ángulo, checkrincón, esquina, acorralar, girar, virar, maniobrar

labourers - trabajador

repairing - reparando; reparar, arreglar

pipes - tuberías; caramillo, flauta ), tubo de órgano, tubería, tubo

brazier - rasero

ragged - Desgarrado; (rag) Desgarrado

gathered - reunidos; juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular, reunir

winking - guinando el ojo; (wink) guinando el ojo

blaze - arde; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

rapture - arrebatamiento

plug - enchufe, tapón, tapar, promocionar

solitude - soledad, solitud

overflowings - desbordante

suddenly - de repente, repentinamente, de pronto, súbitamente

congealed - congelado; congelar, coagular

misanthropic - misántropo; misantrópico

brightness - brillo

sprigs - ramilletes; ramita, muchacho

berries - bayas; baya

crackled - crepitó; crujido, chisporroteo, crepitar

pale - pálido

passed - pasó; pasar(por), dejar atrás

grocers - tiendas de comestibles; abacero, abacera, abarrotero

trades - comercios; comercio, gremio, compraventa, comerciar, mercadear

splendid - espléndido

joke - una broma; broma, chiste, chascarrillo, cuchufleta

glorious - glorioso

pageant - oncurso; muestra, cabalgata, comparsa, espectáculo, exhibición

impossible - imposible, insoportable, imposible

dull - sordo; romo, desafilado, embotado, aburrido, soso

principles - principios; principio

sale - venta

Lord mayor - Senor alcalde

stronghold - bastión, fuerte, fortaleza, plaza fuerte, baluarte

mighty - poderoso

mansion - mansión, casoplón

butlers - mayordomos; sumiller, sommelier, mayordomo

household - hogar, agregado familiar, núcleo familiar, familia, casero

tailor - sastre, modisto, modista, confeccionar, panish: t-needed

whom - a quién; quién, quiénes, cuyo, quien

previous - previo, anterior

blood - ensangrentar

stirred up - provocar, suscitar

garret - buhardilla

lean - esbelta; inclinarse

sallied - salió; salida

beef - carne de res, carne de vaca

Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing, searching, biting cold. If the good St. Dunstan had but nipped the Evil Spirit's nose with a touch of such weather as that, instead of using his familiar weapons, then indeed he would have roared to lusty purpose.

Foggier - más niebla; brumoso

piercing - pirsin, perforación, punzante; (pierce); pirsin, perforación

searching - buscando; búsqueda, buscar, inspeccionar, cachear, allanar

biting cold - frío cortante

spirit - espíritu, alma, onda, alcohol, bebida espirituosa

touch - tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

instead - en su lugar; en vez de, en lugar de

familiar - te suena; familiar, espíritu familiar

weapons - armas; arma

roared - rugía; rugir, bramar, rugido, bramido

lusty - Lujurioso

The owner of one scant young nose, gnawed and mumbled by the hungry cold as bones are gnawed by dogs, stooped down at Scrooge's keyhole to regale him with a Christmas carol; but, at the first sound of

scant - escaso, magro, exiguo

gnawed - roído; roer

mumbled - murmuró; mascullar, mascujar, susurrar, mascujada

bones - huesos; hueso

stooped - encorvado; inclinarse, agacharse

regale - regalar

"God Bless you, merry gentleman,

Bless you - !Jesús!, !Salud!

May nothing you dismay!"

dismay - espanto, estupefacción, consternación

Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action, that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog, and even more congenial frost.

seized - incautado; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

ruler - regla, gobernante

energy - energía

fled - huyó; huir, desvanecerse, checkfugarse

terror - terror

at length the hour of shutting up the counting-house arrived.[20] With an ill-will Scrooge dismounted from his stool, and tacitly admitted the fact to the expectant clerk in the tank, who instantly snuffed his candle out, and put on his hat.

at length - a largo plazo; en detalle

shutting - cerrando; cerrar

ill-will - (ill-will) mala voluntad, malas intenciones

dismounted - desmontado; desmontar

stool - heces; taburete

tacitly - tácitamente

admitted - admitido; admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer

expectant - esperando; expectante

instantly - al instante, al hilo, al tiro, instantáneamente

snuffed - apagado; rapé

"You'll want all day to-morrow, I suppose?" said Scrooge.

suppose - supongo; suponer

"If quite convenient, sir."

Convenient - conveniente, cómodo

"It's not convenient," said Scrooge, "and it's not fair. If I was to stop half-a-crown for it, you'd think yourself ill used, I'll be bound?"

fair - justo; rubio, claro, blanco

crown - corona

ill - enfermo, mareado, mal

The clerk smiled faintly.

smiled - sonrió; sonrisa, sonreír

"And yet," said Scrooge, "you don't think me ill used when I pay a day's wages for no work."

wages - salario; hacer (la guerra), librar, dar

The clerk observed that it was only once a year.

"A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!" said Scrooge, buttoning his great-coat to the chin. "But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning."

picking - Recogiendo; (pic) Recogiendo

buttoning - botonear; botón

The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl. The office was closed in a twinkling, and the clerk, with the long ends of his white comforter dangling below his waist (for he boasted no great-coat), went down a slide on Cornhill, at the end of a lane of boys, twenty times, in honour of its being Christmas-eve, and then ran home to Camden Town as hard as he could pelt, to play at blindman's buff.

promised - prometido; promesa, prometer

growl - grunir; rugido, grunir

twinkling - parpadeando; (twinkle); titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

dangling - Colgando; (dangle); pender

waist - cintura

boasted - se jactó; vanagloriarse, jactarse de, fanfarronear

slide on - Deslizarse

lane - camino, carril

honour - honor; honradez

Christmas-Eve - (Christmas-Eve) Nochebuena

pelt - piel; tirar, lanzar

blindman's buff - gallina ciega (juego)

Now, it is a fact that there was nothing at all particular about the knocker on the door, except that it was very large. It is also a fact that Scrooge had seen it, night and morning, during his whole residence in that place; also that Scrooge had as little of what is called fancy about him as any man in the City of London, even including-which is a bold word-the corporation, aldermen, and livery.

particular - particular

knocker - Golpeador

Except - exceptuar, excepto, salvo, exceptuando, menos, salvo que

residence - residencia

fancy - te apetece; capricho, antojo

bold - osado; valiente, audaz, atrevido

corporation - corporación, sociedad anónima

aldermen - concejales; concejal, regidor

livery - Librea

Let it also be borne in mind that Scrooge had not bestowed one thought on Marley since his last mention of his seven-years'-dead partner that afternoon. And then let any man explain to me, if he can, how it happened that Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change-not a knocker, but Marley's face.

borne - soportado; aguantar, soportar

bestowed - otorgado; guardar, estibar, depositar, alojar, acordar, conceder

lock - cerradura

undergoing - saliendo; experimentar, sufrir, soportar, padecer

intermediate - intermedio, intermediario

process - proceso

Marley's face. It was not in impenetrable shadow, as the other objects in the yard were, but had a dismal light about it, like a bad lobster in a dark cellar. It was not angry or ferocious, but looked at Scrooge as Marley used to look: with ghostly spectacles turned up on its ghostly forehead.

impenetrable - impenetrable

shadow - sombra

Lobster - langosta, bogavante

cellar - sótano, bodega

ferocious - feroz

ghostly - fantasmal

spectacles - gafas; espectáculo, papelón

forehead - la frente; frente

The hair was curiously stirred, as if by breath of hot air; and, though the eyes were wide open, they were perfectly motionless. That, and its livid colour, made it horrible; but its horror seemed to be in spite of the face, and beyond its control, rather than a part of its own expression.

curiously - con curiosidad; curiosamente

stirred - agitado; remover, revolver

hot air - Aire caliente

wide - ancho, amplio, lateral

motionless - inmóvil, inerte, quieto, en reposo

livid - lívido

horrible - horrible, horrendo

horror - horror

seemed - parecía; parecer

spite - rencor

control - controlar, administración, control, dirección, manejo

As Scrooge looked fixedly at this phenomenon, it was a knocker again.

fixedly - fijamente

phenomenon - fenómeno

To say that he was not startled, or that his blood was not conscious of a terrible sensation to which it had been a stranger from infancy, would be untrue. But he put his hand upon the[22] key he had relinquished, turned it sturdily, walked in, and lighted his candle.

startled - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

conscious - consciente

sensation - sensación

Stranger - Extrano; (strang) Extrano

untrue - no es cierto; falso, incorrecto, inexacto

relinquished - renunció; abandonar, renunciar, soltar, desistir

sturdily - Robinariamente

He did pause, with a moment's irresolution, before he shut the door; and he did look cautiously behind it first, as if he half expected to be terrified with the sight of Marley's pigtail sticking out into the hall. But there was nothing on the back of the door, except the screws and nuts that held the knocker on, so he said, "Pooh, pooh!" and closed it with a bang.

pause - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

irresolution - irresolución

cautiously - con cautela; precavidamente

expected - esperado; esperar, checkaguardar

terrified - aterrorizado; aterrar

sight - vista, lugar de interés, espectáculo, panorama, visor, mira, ver

pigtail - cola; coleta, trenza

sticking out - Salir, sobresalir, aguantar

hall - pasillo, salón, vestibulo

screws - tornillos; tornillo, tirafondo, hélice, atornillar, enroscar

held - sostenida; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

Pooh - Pooh

bang - portazo, golpe estrepitoso

The sound resounded through the house like thunder. Every room above, and every cask in the wine merchant's cellars below, appeared to have a separate peal of echoes of its own. Scrooge was not a man to be frightened by echoes. He fastened the door, and walked across the hall, and up the stairs: slowly, too: trimming his candle as he went.

resounded - resonó; resonar

thunder - trueno, estruendo, fragor, tronar

cask - barril; cuba, tonel

merchant - comerciante, mercader

cellars - sótanos; sótano, bodega

separate - separado, separar, disgregar

peal - repique, toque de campanas

Echoes - ecos; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

be frightened - estar asustado

fastened - sujetado; atar, abrochar

stairs - escaleras; peldano, escalera

slowly - lentamente, despacio

trimming - Recorte; (trim); recortar, orlar, ribetear

Up Scrooge went, not caring a button for that. Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it. But, before he shut his heavy door, he walked through his rooms to see that all was right. He had just enough recollection of the face to desire to do that.

button - botón

heavy - pesado

recollection - Recuerdo

desire - desear, deseo, gana

sitting-room, bedroom, lumber-room. All as they should be. Nobody under the table, nobody under the sofa; a small fire in the grate; spoon and basin ready; and the little saucepan of gruel (Scrooge had a cold in his head) upon the hob. Nobody under the bed; nobody in the closet; nobody in his dressing-[23]gown, which was hanging up in a suspicious attitude against the wall.

sitting room - (sitting room) sala de estar

lumber - madera aserrada

sofa - sofá, sillón

grate - rejilla

spoon - cuchara

basin - cuenca; pileta, lavabo, lavamanos, jofaina

saucepan - cacerola, cazo

gruel - Gachas

hob - encimera, repisa

closet - ropero, armario, clóset

hanging up - colgar

suspicious - sospechoso, suspicaz, desconfiado

attitude - postura, actitud

Lumber-room as usual. Old fire-guard, old shoes, two fish baskets, washing-stand on three legs, and a poker.

guard - guarda, guardia, guardés, guarda, tapador, bloque

baskets - cestas; cesta, cesto, canasta

poker - póquer

Quite satisfied, he closed his door, and locked himself in; double locked himself in, which was not his custom. Thus secured against surprise, he took off his cravat; put on his dressing-gown and slippers, and his nightcap; and sat down before the fire to take his gruel.

satisfied - satisfecho; satisfacer

locked - cerrado; cerradura

double - doble, doblado, bicapa, encorvado, doble, sosias, duplicar

custom - habituación, costumbre, usanza, a medida, especializado

thus - así

secured - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

surprise - sorpresa, sorprender

cravat - corbata; mascada

dressing-gown - (dressing-gown) bata

slippers - zapatillas; zapatilla, pantufla, babucha

nightcap - gorra de dormir; gorro de dormir

It was a very low fire indeed; nothing on such a bitter night.

Bitter - amargo

He was obliged to sit close to it, and brood over it, before he could extract the least sensation of warmth from such a handful of fuel. The fire-place was an old one, built by some Dutch merchant long ago, and paved all round with quaint Dutch tiles, designed to illustrate the Scriptures. There were Cains and Abels, Pharaoh's daughters, Queens of Sheba, Angelic messengers descending through the air on clouds like feather beds, Abrahams, Belshazzars, Apostles putting off to sea in butter-boats, hundreds of figures to attract his thoughts; and yet that face of Marley, seven years dead, came like the ancient Prophet's rod, and swallowed up the whole. If each smooth tile had been a blank at first, with power to shape some picture on its surface from the disjointed fragments of his thoughts, there would have been a copy of old Marley's head on every one.

obliged - obligado; obligar

brood - cría, polluelo, prole, empollar, proteger

extract - extracto, fragmento, pasaje, extraer, sacar

handful - manojo, punado, checkmanojo, poca cantidad

fuel - combustible

Dutch - neerlandés, holandés, neerlandés, holandés

paved - pavimentado; pavimentar

quaint - raro, singular; pintoresco

tiles - tejas; teja; baldosa, azulejo

illustrate - ilustrar

Cains - caínes; Caín

Abels - abels; Abel

Pharaoh - faraón

Queens - Reinas; (queen); reina, loca, reinona, gata, coronar

Messengers - mensajeros; mensajero

descending - descendente; descender, bajar

feather beds - Colchones de plumas

Abrahams - abrahams; Abraham, Abrahán

Belshazzars - Belsasar

apostles - apóstoles; apóstol

putting off - desanimar, aplazar, apagar

figures - cifras; figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

attract - atraer, llamar

thoughts - pensamientos; pensamiento

prophet - profeta, profetisa

rod - barra, rodillo, cana, vara, bastón, verga, barra

swallowed up - se ha tragado

smooth - liso, sofisticado, constante, tranquilo, apacible, suave, alisar

blank - en blanco, virgen, de fogueo, espacio en blanco, espacio

power - poder, potencia, corriente, electricidad, potenciar

shape - forma, estado, modelar, formar

surface - superficie

fragments - fragmentos; fragmento, fragmentar

copy - copia, ejemplar, copiar, imitar, recibir

"Humbug!" said Scrooge; and walked across the room.

After several turns he sat down again. As he threw his head back in the chair, his glance happened to rest upon a bell, a disused bell, that hung in the room, and communicated, for some purpose now forgotten, with a chamber in the highest story of the building. It was with great astonishment, and with a strange, inexplicable dread, that, as he looked, he saw this bell begin to swing.

several - varios, varias

threw - tiró; lanzar, tirar

glance - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

rest upon - apoyarse en; depender de; basarse en

disused - en desuso; desuso

hung - colgado; colgar

communicated - comunicado; comunicar, compartir, comulgar

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

astonishment - asombro, estupefacción, sorpresa, extraneza

strange - extrano; extrano, raro, anormal, desconocido

inexplicable - inexplicable

dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor

swing - balanceo; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

It swung so softly in the outset that it scarcely made a sound; but soon it rang out loudly, and so did every bell in the house.[24]

swung - se balanceó; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

softly - suavemente, inaudiblemente, silenciosamente

outset - principio, comienzo

loudly - en voz alta, ruidosamente

This might have lasted half a minute, or a minute, but it seemed an hour. The bells ceased, as they had begun, together. They were succeeded by a clanking noise, deep down below, as if some person were dragging a heavy chain over the casks in the wine merchant's cellar. Scrooge then remembered to have heard that ghosts in haunted houses were described as dragging chains.

lasted - duró; último

bells - campanas; campana

ceased - esado; cesar, parar, terminar

succeeded - tuvo éxito; suceder, conseguir, tener éxito, heredar

clanking - Tocando; (clank) Tocando

noise - ruido, estrépito

deep - profundo, hondo, fondo, ancho, bajo, grave, oscuro

dragging - arrastrando; llevar a rastras

casks - barricas; cuba, tonel

ghosts - fantasmas; fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

haunted - hechizado; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

chains - cadenas; cadena, encadenar

The cellar door flew open with a booming sound, and then he heard the noise much louder on the floors below; then coming up the stairs; then coming straight towards his door.

booming - en auge; (boom) en auge

louder - más fuerte; alto

straight - recto, liso, franco, directo, puro, convencional, hetero

towards - hacia, sobre, para

"It's humbug still!" said Scrooge. "I won't believe it."

His colour changed, though, when, without a pause, it came on through the heavy door, and passed into the room before his eyes. Upon its coming in, the dying flame leaped up, as though it cried, "I know him! Marley's Ghost!" and fell again.

dying - Muriendo; (dye) Muriendo

flame - flama, llama

leaped - saltó; saltar, brincar

The same face: the very same. Marley in his pigtail, usual waistcoat, tights, and boots; the tassels on the latter bristling, like his pigtail, and his coat-skirts, and the hair upon his head. The chain he drew was clasped about his middle. It was long, and wound about him like a tail; and it was made (for Scrooge observed it closely) of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel.

tail - cola

waistcoat - chaleco, chalequillo

tights - mallas; apretado, ajustado, tensado, tensionado, tenso

tassels - orlas; borla

bristling - erizado; cerda, erizar, ponerse a la defensiva

chain - cadena, encadenar

clasped - agarrado; broche, manija, corchete, hebilla, agarrar

wound - Herida

closely - de cerca; cercanamente

cash - efectivo, metálico

padlocks - candados; candado, candar, asegurar

ledgers - libros de contabilidad; libro de contabilidad, libro mayor

deeds - hechos; hecho, acto, acción, obra, hazana

purses - Pers

His body was transparent; so that Scrooge, observing him, and looking through his waistcoat, could see the two buttons on his coat behind.

transparent - transparente

observing - observando; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

looking through - revisar, buscar entre; mirar sin ver, ignorar; mirar por

buttons - Botones; (button) Botones

Scrooge had often heard it said that Marley had no bowels, but he had never believed it until now.

bowels - intestinos; intestino grueso, tripa, intestino, entranas

No, nor did he believe it even now. Though he looked the phantom through and through, and saw it standing before him; though he felt the chilling influence of its death-cold eyes; and marked the very texture of the folded kerchief bound about its head and chin, which wrapper he had not observed before; he was still incredulous, and fought against his senses.

phantom - fantasma

chilling - escalofriante; (chill) escalofriante

Death - muerte, la muerte, el arcano de la muerte

marked - marcado; Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

texture - textura, textura

folded - doblado; doblar, plegar

wrapper - envoltura, envoltorio, bata, adaptador; (wrap); envoltura

incredulous - incrédulo

fought - luchó; pelear (se), luchar

senses - sentidos; sentido, sensación, significado, acepción

"How now!" said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever. "What do you want with me?"[25]

caustic - cáustico

"Much!"-Marley's voice, no doubt about it.

"Who are you?"

"Ask me who I was."

"Who were you, then?" said Scrooge, raising his voice. "You're particular, for a shade." He was going to say "to a shade," but substituted this, as more appropriate.

shade - sombra, persiana, umbral, tono, matiz, sombrear, matizar

substituted - sustituido; sustituir, substituir, sustituto, substituto

appropriate - es apropiado; apropiado, adecuado, aduenarse, designar

"In life I was your partner, Jacob Marley."

Jacob - Jacob, Jacobo, Yago, Santiago, Diego

"Can you-can you sit down?" asked Scrooge, looking doubtfully at him.

doubtfully - dudosamente

"I can."

"Do it, then."

Scrooge asked the question, because he didn't know whether a ghost so transparent might find himself in a condition to take a chair; and felt that, in the event of its being impossible, it might involve the necessity of an embarrassing explanation. But the Ghost sat down on the opposite side of the fire-place, as if he were quite used to it.

whether - si, si , o, ya sea

condition - stado; condición, situación, acondicionar

involve - elevar, envolver, envolverse con, involucrarse

necessity - necesidad, menester

embarrassing - vergonzoso; avergonzar, abochornar, sonrojar, humillar

explanation - explicación

opposite side - el lado opuesto

"You don't believe in me," observed the Ghost.

"I don't," said Scrooge.

"What evidence would you have of my reality beyond that of your own senses?"

evidence - pruebas; prueba, prueba, evidencia, evidenciar

reality - realidad

"I don't know," said Scrooge.

"Why do you doubt your senses?"

"Because," said Scrooge, "a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!"

affects - afectar

disorder - desorden, disturbio, desenfreno, trastorno

stomach - estómago, barriga, vientre

cheats - tramposos; enganar, estafar, timar

undigested - Sin digerir

bit - oco; pedacito; (bite); morder, picar, mordida, mordedura

blot - mancha, desdoro, emborronar, manchar

mustard - mostaza

crumb - miga, cacho, migaja, empanar

fragment - fragmento, fragmentar

underdone - poco hecho

gravy - salsa

whatever - qué; cualquier, lo que sea que, cualquier cosa que, no importa

Scrooge was not much in the habit of cracking jokes, nor did he feel in his heart by any means waggish then. The truth is, that he tried to be smart, as a means of distracting his own attention, and keeping down his terror; for the spectre's voice disturbed the very marrow in his bones.

habit - hábito, costumbre

cracking jokes - contar chistes

truth - verdad

smart - inteligente; elegante

distracting - distraer, despistar

attention - atención

spectre - espectro, fantasma

disturbed - molesto; perturbar, molestar

marrow - médula, tuétano

To sit staring at those fixed glazed eyes in silence, for a[26] moment, would play, Scrooge felt, the very deuce with him. There was something very awful, too, in the spectre's being provided with an infernal atmosphere of his own. Scrooge could not feel it himself, but this was clearly the case; for though the Ghost sat perfectly motionless, its hair, and skirts, and tassels were still agitated as by the hot vapour from an oven.

fixed - arreglado; arreglar, reparar, componer, fijar, pregar, preparar

glazed - esmalte, frita, vidriado, veladura, barniz, glasé

silence - silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

deuce - Dos

awful - asqueroso; horrible, terrible, atroz

provided with - provisto de

infernal - infernal

atmosphere - atmósfera, aire, clima, ambiente

case - caso

agitated - agitado; agitar, perturbar

vapour - vapor

oven - horno

"You see this toothpick?" said Scrooge, returning quickly to the charge, for the reason just assigned; and wishing, though it were only for a second, to divert the vision's stony gaze from himself.

toothpick - palillo, escarbadientes, mondadientes

charge - cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar, cargar

assigned - asignado; asignar, designar, ceder

wishing - Deseando; (wish); deseo, gana, desear

divert - divertirse; desviar, entretener, distraer

vision - vista, visión

gaze - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

"I do," replied the Ghost.

"You are not looking at it," said Scrooge.

"But I see it," said the Ghost, "notwithstanding."

"Well!" returned Scrooge, "I have but to swallow this, and be for the rest of my days persecuted by a legion of goblins, all of my own creation. Humbug, I tell you; humbug!"

swallow - tragar, engullir

Persecuted - perseguido; perseguir

legion - legión

goblins - duendes; duende, trasgo

creation - creación

At this the spirit raised a frightful cry, and shook its chain with such a dismal and appalling noise, that Scrooge held on tight to his chair, to save himself from falling in a swoon. But how much greater was his horror when the phantom, taking off the bandage round his head, as if it were too warm to wear indoors, its lower jaw dropped down upon its breast!

raised - levantado; levantar

frightful - aterrador; temible

cry - llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

appalling - spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard; (appal) spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard

held on - agarrar, esperar, aguantar

swoon - desmayo; desmayarse

taking off - despegando

bandage - venda, vendaje, vendar

lower jaw - Mandíbula inferior

dropped - se cayó; gota

breast - pecho, seno, teta, corazón, pechuga

Scrooge fell upon his knees, and clasped his hands before his face.

"Mercy!" he said. "Dreadful apparition, why do you trouble me?"

mercy - misericordia, piedad

dreadful - terrible; espantoso, espantosa

apparition - aparición

trouble - problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema, molestia

"Man of the worldly mind!" replied the Ghost, "do you believe in me or not?"

worldly - undano

"I do," said Scrooge. "I must. But why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?"

earth - tierra, suelo, terreno, madriguera, aterrar

To sit staring at those fixed glazed eyes in silence, for a moment, would play,

Scrooge felt, the very deuce with him. To sit staring at those fixed glazed eyes in silence, for a moment, would play, Scrooge felt, the very deuce with him.

"It is required of every man," the Ghost returned, "that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to[27] wander through the world-oh, woe is me!-and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!"

required - es necesario; requerir, necesitar

abroad - en el extranjero, en el exterior

fellow-men - (fellow-men) prójimo

forth - adelante

condemned - condenado; condenar, clausurar

doomed - condenado; condenar, danar

wander - vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

woe - pena, infortunio, ay

witness - Testigo

Happiness - la felicidad; felicidad

Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain and wrung its shadowy hands.

wrung - escurrido; torcer, retorcer

shadowy - sombra; sombroso, sombreado, sombrío, umbroso

"You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling. "Tell me why?"

fettered - encadenado; grillos, pihuelas, or animals, grillos, pihuela

"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free-will, and of my own free-will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?"

forged - falsificado; forja

link - enlace; eslabón

girded - Cinturón

free-will - (free-will) libre albedrío

pattern - molde, patrón, modelo, diseno, estampado

Scrooge trembled more and more.

trembled - tembló; tiritar, temblar, temblor, vibración, temblequera

"Or would you know," pursued the Ghost, "the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas-eves ago. You have laboured on it since. It is a ponderous chain!"

pursued - perseguido; perseguir, apuntar a

weight - peso, pesa, pesar, ponderar

coil - bobina; enroscarse

bear - oso; aguantar, soportar

eves - vísperas; víspera, vigilia

laboured - trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

ponderous - pesado, torpe, beocio, grosero

Scrooge glanced about him on the floor, in the expectation of finding himself surrounded by some fifty or sixty fathoms of iron cable, but he could see nothing.

glanced - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

expectation - expectativas; expectación, expectativa

surrounded - rodeado; circundar, envolver, cercar, rodear

fathoms - razas; braza

of iron - de hierro

cable - cable, cuerda, televisión por cable, cablegrama, telegrama

"Jacob!" he said imploringly. "Old Jacob Marley, tell me more! Speak comfort to me, Jacob!"

comfort - comodidad, consuelo, confortar

"I have none to give," the Ghost replied. "It comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men. Nor can I tell you what I would. A very little more is all permitted to me. I cannot rest, I cannot stay, I cannot linger anywhere.

none - ninguna; ninguno

regions - regiones; región

conveyed - transmitido; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

ministers - ministros; ministro

permitted - permitido; permitir

linger - permanecer, demorar, persistir, perdurar, pervivir

anywhere - en algún sitio; en cualquier parte, dondequiera

My spirit never walked beyond our counting-house-mark me;-in life my spirit never roved beyond the narrow limits of our money-changing hole; and weary journeys lie before me!"

mark - Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

roved - roved; vagar, errar

narrow - estrecho

limits - límites; límite

hole - agujero

weary - cansado, cansino, cansar

lie - mentira

It was a habit with Scrooge, whenever he became thoughtful, to put his hands in his breeches pockets. Pondering on what the Ghost had said, he did so now, but without lifting up his eyes, or getting off his knees.

whenever - cuándo; cuando quiera, siempre que, siempre y cuando

thoughtful - pensativo; detallista, minucioso, meticuloso, cortés

breeches - calzones; culata

pockets - bolsillos; bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

pondering - reflexionando; considerar, meditar, cavilar, discurrir, ponderar

lifting - levantando; levantar, alzar

getting off - bajar(se); marcharse; correrse

"You must have been very slow about it, Jacob," Scrooge[28] observed in a business-like manner, though with humility and deference.

manner - de qué manera; manera, modo, forma, actitud

humility - humildad

deference - deferencia

"Slow!" the Ghost repeated.

"Seven years dead," mused Scrooge. "And travelling all the time?"

mused - musitó; Musa

"The whole time," said the Ghost. "No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse."

peace - paz, sosiego

incessant - incesante

torture - tortura, suplicio, torturar

remorse - remordimientos; remordimiento, compunción

"You travel fast?" said Scrooge.

"On the wings of the wind," replied the Ghost.

wings - alas; ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

"You might have got over a great quantity of ground in seven years," said Scrooge.

got over - superar, recuperarse

quantity - cantidad, cuantía

ground - uelo; (grind) uelo

The Ghost, on hearing this, set up another cry, and clanked its chain so hideously in the dead silence of the night, that the Ward would have been justified in indicting it for a nuisance.

hideously - Horriblemente

ward - pabellón; sala

justified - justificado; legitimar, justificar, absolver

indicting - acusando; acusar, inculpar

nuisance - molestia, engorro, incomodidad, molienda, inconveniente

"Oh! captive, bound, and double-ironed," cried the phantom, "not to know that ages of incessant labour, by immortal creatures, for this earth must pass into eternity before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed! Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness!

captive - cautivo, prisionero, preso

ironed - planchada; férreo, planchar

labour - trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

immortal - inmortal, inmortal

pass into - pasar a

eternity - la eternidad; eternidad

susceptible - propenso, susceptible, vulnerable, sensible, sensitivo

developed - desarrollar

kindly - amablemente

sphere - esfera, bola

short for - abreviatura de

vast - vasta; vasto, enorme

usefulness - utilidad

Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunities misused! Yet such was I! Oh, such was I!"

regret - lamentar, pena, pesar, arrepentimiento

amends - corregir, mejorar, enmendar

opportunities - portunidades; oportunidad

misused - mal utilizado; mal uso, uso incorrecto

"But you were always a good man of business, Jacob," faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

faltered - aciló; dudar

apply - aplicar

"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"

wringing - Escurriendo; (wring) Escurriendo

mankind - la humanidad; humanidad, género humano, raza humana

welfare - bienestar, seguridad social

charity - caridad, amor al prójimo, entidad benéfica

forbearance - ndulgencia; templanza

benevolence - benevolencia

dealings - tratando

trade - comercio, gremio, compraventa, comerciar, mercadear, trocar

drop of water - Gota de agua

comprehensive - comprensivo; abarcativo, abarcador, englobante, completo

Ocean - océano

It held up its chain at arm's length, as if that were the cause of all its unavailing grief, and flung it heavily upon the ground again.

cause - por qué; causa, causar

unavailing - infructuoso, fútil, inútil, ocioso

grief - duelo; pesar, pesadumbre, dolor, sufrimiento

flung - arrojado; arrojar, lanzar

heavily - pesadamente

"At this time of the rolling year," the spectre said, "I suffer[29] most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me?"

rolling - rodando; rolar; (roll) rodando; rolar

crowds - muchas personas; multitud, muchedumbre

beings - seres; ser, criatura, existencia

turned down - Rechazado

blessed - bendecido; bendito; (bless) bendecido; bendito

led - llevado; led; (lead) llevado; led

wise - sabio

abode - Morada; (abide); quedar, permanecer, resistir, aguantar

conducted - conducido; conducción, conducta, guiar, dirigir, manejar

Scrooge was very much dismayed to hear the spectre going on at this rate, and began to quake exceedingly.

dismayed - consternado; espanto, estupefacción, consternación

rate - tasa, índice

exceedingly - excesivamente; extremadamente, sumamente, sobremanera, asaz

"Hear me!" cried the Ghost. "My time is nearly gone."

nearly - casi

"I will," said Scrooge. "But don't be hard upon me! Don't be flowery, Jacob! Pray!"

flowery - floral, florido, bombástico

Pray - rezar, orar

"How it is that I appear before you in a shape that you can see, I may not tell. I have sat invisible beside you many and many a day."

appear - aparecer, comparecer

beside - al lado de, cabe

It was not an agreeable idea. Scrooge shivered, and wiped the perspiration from his brow.

agreeable - lisonjero, agradable, dispuesto, conforme

shivered - tembló; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

wiped - borrada; limpiar

perspiration - sudor

"That is no light part of my penance," pursued the Ghost. "I am here to-night to warn you that you have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate. A chance and hope of my procuring, Ebenezer."

penance - penitencia, penitencia

warn - alertar, avisar, advertir

chance - oportunidad; suerte, by chance: por casualidad

escaping - escapando; escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

fate - destino, azar

"You were always a good friend to me," said Scrooge. "Thankee!"

Thankee - Gracias

"You will be haunted," resumed the Ghost, "by Three Spirits."

Scrooge's countenance fell almost as low as the Ghost's had done.

countenance - semblante, apariencia, expresión, rostro

almost - casi, por poco

"Is that the chance and hope you mentioned, Jacob?" he demanded in a faltering voice.

faltering - vacilante; (falter); dudar

"It is."

"I-I think I'd rather not," said Scrooge.

"Without their visits," said the Ghost, "you cannot hope to shun the path I tread. Expect the first to-morrow when the bell tolls One."

shun - rechazar; evitar

path - camino, sendero

tread - pisada; pisar, pisotear, hollar

expect - esperar, checkaguardar

tolls - peajes; taner, doblar

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

hinted - insinuado; pista, indicio, indirecta, buscapié, toque

"Expect the second on the next night at the same hour.[30] The third, upon the next night when the last stroke of Twelve has ceased to vibrate. Look to see me no more; and look that, for your own sake, you remember what has passed between us!"

third - la tercera; tercero, tercio, tercera

stroke - ictus; golpe

vibrate - vibrar

sake - por, por motivo de; por el bien de

When it had said these words, the spectre took its wrapper from the table, and bound it round its head as before. Scrooge knew this by the smart sound its teeth made when the jaws were brought together by the bandage. He ventured to raise his eyes again, and found his supernatural visitor confronting him in an erect attitude, with its chain wound over and about its arm.

as before - como antes

jaws - mandíbulas; maxilar

brought together - reunir

ventured - se aventuró; aventura, arriesgar

supernatural - sobrenatural

confronting - enfrentarse; enfrentar

erect - erecto, erguido

The apparition walked backward from him; and, at every step it took, the window raised itself a little, so that, when the spectre reached it, it was wide open. It beckoned Scrooge to approach, which he did. When they were within two paces of each other, Marley's Ghost held up its hand, warning him to come no nearer. Scrooge stopped.

backward - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado

step - paso

itself - en sí; se, solo, a si mismo, por si mismo, sí mismo

reached - alcanzado; llegar (a)

beckoned - llamado; llamar con senas, atraer

paces - pasos; paso

Not so much in obedience as in surprise and fear; for, on the raising of the hand, he became sensible of confused noises in the air; incoherent sounds of lamentation and regret; wailings inexpressibly sorrowful and self-accusatory. The spectre, after listening for a moment, joined in the mournful dirge; and floated out upon the bleak, dark night.

obedience - obediencia

fear - miedo, temor

confused - confundido; confundir, confundirse, mezclar

noises - ruidos; ruido, estrépito

incoherent - incoherente, inconexo, deshilvanado, descosido

lamentation - lamentación

wailings - aullidos

inexpressibly - nexpresablemente

sorrowful - triste

accusatory - acusatorio

mournful - lúgubre; melancólico, lastimero

dirge - canto fúnebre

floated - flotó; flotar, carroza

Scrooge followed to the window: desperate in his curiosity. He looked out.

desperate - desesperado

curiosity - curiosidad

The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains like Marley's Ghost; some few (they might be guilty governments) were linked together; none were free. Many had been personally known to Scrooge in their lives. He had been quite familiar with one old ghost in a white waistcoat, with a monstrous iron safe attached to its ankle, who cried piteously at being unable to assist a wretched woman with an infant, whom it saw below upon a doorstep.

wandering - deambulando; errabundo, andariego, errante, peripatético

thither - por allí, hacia allá

restless - inquieto

haste - prisa, premura

moaning - gimiendo; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

guilty - culpable

governments - gobiernos; gobierno, rección

linked - vinculado; eslabón

personally - personalmente

monstrous - monstruoso

iron - hierro; férreo, planchar

safe - seguro, salvo, checkseguro, caja fuerte, cofre

attached - pegado; anexar, adjuntar

ankle - tobillo

piteously - lamentablemente

unable - incapaz

assist - ayudar, asistir

infant - nino; nene, infante

doorstep - a la puerta; umbral

The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.[31]

misery - miseria, sinvivir, desgracia, desdicha, infortunio

sought - buscado; buscar

matters - importa; materia, asunto, cuestión, tema

Whether these creatures faded into mist, or mist enshrouded them, he could not tell. But they and their spirit voices faded together; and the night became as it had been when he walked home.

faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

mist - niebla; neblina

enshrouded - Encubrir

voices - voces; voz

Scrooge closed the window, and examined the door by which the Ghost had entered. It was double locked, as he had locked it with his own hands, and the bolts were undisturbed.

examined - examinado; examinar, analizar, auscultar

entered - entró; entrar

bolts - pernos; pestillo

He tried to say "Humbug!" but stopped at the first syllable. And being, from the emotion he had undergone, or the fatigues of the day, or his glimpse of the Invisible World, or the dull conversation of the Ghost, or the lateness of the hour, much in need of repose, went straight to bed without undressing, and fell asleep upon the instant.[32]

syllable - sílaba

emotion - afecto, emoción

undergone - ufrido; experimentar, sufrir, soportar, padecer

fatigues - fatiga, fatigar, acosar

Glimpse - un vistazo; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

repose - reposo

undressing - Desvistiéndote; (undress); desvestirse, desnudarse

asleep - dormido

instant - instantáneo, inmediato


When Scrooge awoke it was so dark, that, looking out of bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber. He was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters. So he listened for the hour.

awoke - despertó; despertar(se)

distinguish - distinguir

opaque - opaco

pierce - perforar; atravesar, traspasar

ferret - hurón

chimes - campanadas; carrillón

To his great astonishment, the heavy bell went on from six to seven, and from seven to eight, and regularly up to twelve; then stopped. Twelve! It was past two when he went to bed. The clock was wrong. An icicle must have got into the works. Twelve!

regularly - con regularidad; regularmente, comúnmente

icicle - carámbano

He touched the spring of his repeater, to correct this most preposterous clock. Its rapid little pulse beat twelve, and stopped.

touched - tocado; tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

repeater - repetidor, repetidora

preposterous - absurdo, insensato, ridículo, prepóstero

pulse beat - pulso

"Why, it isn't possible," said Scrooge, "that I can have slept through a whole day and far into another night. It isn't possible that anything has happened to the sun, and this is twelve at noon!"

at noon - a mediodía

The idea being an alarming one, he scrambled out of bed, and groped his way to the window. He was obliged to rub the frost off with the sleeve of his dressing-gown before he could see anything; and could see very little then. All he could make out was, that it was still very foggy and extremely cold, and that there was no noise of people running to and fro, and making a great stir, as there unquestionably would have been if night had beaten off bright day, and taken possession of the world.

alarming - alarmante; alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

scrambled - revuelto; gatear, revolver, arrebato, arrebatina

groped - palpar, tantear, buscar a tientas, manosear, meter mano

Rub - frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

sleeve - manga, funda, enfundar

gown - bata; manto, capa, túnica, vestido, toga, talar

extremely - extremadamente, sumamente, harto

stir - remover, revolver

unquestionably - indudablemente

beaten - golpeado; batir, golpear, percutir

bright - luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

possession - posesión, posesión natural, tenencia, posesión civil, posesiones

This[33] was a great relief, because "Three days after sight of this First of Exchange pay to Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge or his order," and so forth, would have become a mere United States security if there were no days to count by.

relief - alivio

after sight - después de la vista

Exchange - intercambio; cambiar

United - unidos; unir, aunar, juntar, combinar

States - estados; Estado, declarar, indicar

Security - seguridad, confianza, garantía, prenda

count - contar; conde

Scrooge went to bed again, and thought, and thought, and thought it over and over, and could make nothing of it. The more he thought, the more perplexed he was; and, the more he endeavoured not to think, the more he thought.

perplexed - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

endeavoured - se esforzó; esforzarse

Marley's Ghost bothered him exceedingly. Every time he resolved within himself, after mature inquiry, that it was all a dream, his mind flew back again, like a strong spring released, to its first position, and presented the same problem to be worked all through, "Was it a dream or not?"

bothered - molestado; molestar, agobiar, cansón, joroba, rayos, caramba

resolved - resuelto; tomar la decisión de, resolver

mature - maduro

inquiry - investigación; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

dream - sueno; sueno, ensueno, sonar

released - liberado; liberar

position - posición, puesto, postura

Scrooge lay in this state until the chime had gone three quarters more, when he remembered, on a sudden, that the Ghost had warned him of a visitation when the bell tolled one. He resolved to lie awake until the hour was passed; and, considering that he could no more go to sleep than go to Heaven, this was, perhaps, the wisest resolution in his power.

lay in - recoger; estar tumbado en

state - el estado

chime - timbre; carrillón

sudden - de repente; repentino, súbito, brusco

warned - advertido; alertar, avisar, advertir

tolled - con peaje; taner, doblar

awake - despierto; despertar(se)

considering - onsiderando..; en consideración de; (consider); considerar

Heaven - el cielo; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

Perhaps - acaso, quizá, quizás, tal vez

wisest - el más sabio; sabio

resolution - resolución, panish: t-needed

The quarter was so long, that he was more than once convinced he must have sunk into a doze unconsciously, and missed the clock. At length it broke upon his listening ear.

sunk - Hundido; (sink); hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos

doze - dormir; dormitar

unconsciously - inconscientemente

"Ding, dong!"

"A quarter past," said Scrooge, counting.

"Ding, dong!"

"Half past," said Scrooge.

"Ding, dong!"

"A quarter to it," said Scrooge.

"Ding, dong!"

"The hour itself," said Scrooge triumphantly, "and nothing else!"

He spoke before the hour bell sounded, which it now did with a deep, dull, hollow, melancholy One. Light flashed up in the room upon the instant, and the curtains of his bed were drawn.[34]

hollow - hueco

melancholy - melancolía

flashed - flasheado; destello

curtains - cortinas; cortina, telón

The curtains of his bed were drawn aside, I tell you, by a hand. Not the curtains at his feet, nor the curtains at his back, but those to which his face was addressed. The curtains of his bed were drawn aside; and Scrooge, starting up into a half-recumbent attitude, found himself face to face with the unearthly visitor who drew them: as close to it as I am now to you, and I am standing in the spirit at your elbow.

aside - aparte, a un lado, aparte

recumbent - recostado; recumbente, yacente, reclinado, bicicleta reclinada

unearthly - terrenal; sobrenatural, de otro mundo

elbow - codo, codazo, panish: t-needed

It was a strange figure-like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child's proportions. Its hair, which hung about its neck and down its back, was white, as if with age; and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it, and the tenderest bloom was on the skin. The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength. Its legs and feet, most delicately formed, were, like those upper members, bare.

figure - figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

viewed - visto; vista, reproducción, visualización, visitas, visión

medium - medio, mitad, médium, mediano

appearance - aparición, apariencia, hechura, estampa, aire

receded - retrocedió; alejarse

diminished - isminuido; disminuir, diminuir, disminuirse, diminuirse

proportions - proporciones; proporción

hung about - frecuentar, esperar

neck - cuello

wrinkle - arruga

tenderest - más tierno; tierno

bloom - florecer; flor

skin - piel, máscara, despellejar, desollar

muscular - muscular, musculoso

hold - sostener; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

uncommon - incomún; raro, poco común, extrano, poco frecuente

strength - fuerza, neque, potencia, intensidad, fuerte, fortaleza

delicately - con delicadeza; delicadamente

bare - desnudo, descubierto

It wore a tunic of the purest white; and round its waist was bound a lustrous belt, the sheen of which was beautiful. It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand: and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers. But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible; and which was doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm.

tunic - túnica

purest - el más puro; puro

lustrous - brillante; lustroso

belt - cinturón, cincho, cinturón de seguridad, correa, golpe, golpear

sheen - brillo, lustre

branch - rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

fresh - fresco

singular - singular, único, singular

contradiction - contradicción, contrasentido

emblem - emblema

trimmed - recortado; recortar, orlar, ribetear

Strangest - Extrano

clear - está claro; transparente, claro, despejado, libre

jet - azabache

visible - visible

doubtless - indudable, sin duda, indudablemente

Occasion - ocasión, ocasionar

duller - más aburrido; romo, desafilado, embotado, aburrido, soso

extinguisher - extintor, extinguidor

cap - gorra

Even this, though, when Scrooge looked at it with increasing steadiness, was not its strangest quality. For, as its belt sparkled and glittered, now in one part and now in another, and what was light one instant at another time was dark, so the figure itself fluctuated in its distinctness: being now a thing with one arm, now with one leg, now with twenty legs, now a pair of legs without a head, now a head without a body: of which dissolving parts no outline would be visible in the dense gloom wherein[35] they melted away.

increasing - aumentando; (increase); aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

steadiness - firmeza, estabilidad

Strangest - lo más extrano; extrano, raro, anormal, desconocido

quality - calidad, cualidad, de calidad

glittered - brillaba; brillo, purpurina, escarcha, brillar, resplandecer

another time - otra vez

distinctness - Distinción

dissolving - Se disuelve; (dissolve); disolver

outline - contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

gloom - pesimismo; penumbra, melancolía

melted away - Derretirse

And, in the very wonder of this, it would be itself again; distinct and clear as ever.

distinct - distinto

"Are you the Spirit, sir, whose coming was foretold to me?" asked Scrooge.

foretold - predicho; predecir, pronosticar, vaticinar

"I am!"

The voice was soft and gentle. Singularly low, as if, instead of being so close beside him, it were at a distance.

soft - suave; blando

gentle - tierno, suave, tranquilo, medido, gradual, amable

singularly - Singularmente

"Who and what are you?" Scrooge demanded.

"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past."

"Long Past?" inquired Scrooge; observant of its dwarfish stature.

stature - estatura

"No. Your past."

Perhaps Scrooge could not have told anybody why, if anybody could have asked him; but he had a special desire to see the Spirit in his cap; and begged him to be covered.

Anybody - alguien

begged - suplicó; pedir

covered - cubierto; tapa, cubierta, escondrijo, guarida, tapa

"What!" exclaimed the Ghost, "would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give? Is it not enough that you are one of those whose passions made this cap, and force me through whole trains of years to wear it low upon my brow?"

exclaimed - exclamó; exclamar

passions - pasiones; pasión

force - fuerza

Scrooge reverently disclaimed all intention to offend or any knowledge of having wilfully "bonneted" the Spirit at any period of his life. He then made bold to inquire what business brought him there.

reverently - con reverencia

disclaimed - rechazado; negar, rechazar

intention - intención

offend - ofender

wilfully - voluntariamente

bonneted - con capó; capucha, gorra, cofia, capota, capó

inquire - preguntar; investigar, informarse

"Your welfare!" said the Ghost.

Scrooge expressed himself much obliged, but could not help thinking that a night of unbroken rest would have been more conducive to that end. The Spirit must have heard him thinking, for it said immediately:

expressed - expresado; expresar

unbroken - intacto

more conducive - más propicio

"Your reclamation, then. Take heed!"

reclamation - reclamación

heed - importar, prestar atención, poner atención, tener en cuenta

It put out its strong hand as it spoke, and clasped him gently by the arm.

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

"Rise! and walk with me!"

rise - aumentar; subir

It would have been in vain for Scrooge to plead that the weather and the hour were not adapted to pedestrian purposes;[36] that bed was warm, and the thermometer a long way below freezing; that he was clad but lightly in his slippers, dressing-gown, and nightcap; and that he had a cold upon him at that time.

in vain - en vano

plead - suplicar; rogar

adapted - adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptado

pedestrian - peatón; peatonal, común, prosaico, banal, pedestre

purposes - propósitos; propósito, fin; razón

thermometer - termómetro

freezing - helado, glacial, congelación; (freeze); helado, glacial

clad - vestido; (clothe); vestir

lightly - a la ligera; ligeramente

The grasp, though gentle as a woman's hand, was not to be resisted. He rose: but, finding that the Spirit made towards the window, clasped its robe in supplication.

grasp - agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión, alcance

resisted - esistido; resistir, panish: t-needed

rose - Rosa; (rise); Rosa

robe - túnica; bata, hábito, toga

"I am a mortal," Scrooge remonstrated, "and liable to fall."

mortal - mortal

remonstrated - remonstrated; quejarse

liable - responsable

"Bear but a touch of my hand there," said the Spirit, laying it upon his heart, "and you shall be upheld in more than this!"

laying - colocación; (lay) colocación

upheld - mantenido; elevar, levantar, sustentar, sostener, mantener

As the words were spoken, they passed through the wall, and stood upon an open country road, with fields on either hand. The city had entirely vanished. Not a vestige of it was to be seen. The darkness and the mist had vanished with it, for it was a clear, cold, winter day, with the snow upon the ground.

passed through - pasar por, atravesar

country road - Camino rural

fields - campos; campo, agro, cancha, terreno

either - cada, tampoco, o , o, ya sea...o

vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

vestige - huella, pisada, vestigio

"Good Heaven!" said Scrooge, clasping his hands together as he looked about him. "I was bred in this place. I was a boy here!"

clasping - Chocando; (clasp); broche, manija, corchete, hebilla, agarrar

bred - criado; (breed); criar, procrear, aparearse, cultivar

The Spirit gazed upon him mildly. Its gentle touch, though it had been light and instantaneous, appeared still present to the old man's sense of feeling. He was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares long, long forgotten!

gazed - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

mildly - Suavemente

instantaneous - instantánea; instantáneo

sense - sentido, sensación, significado, acepción, significación, sentir

odours - olores; olor

floating - flotante, flotador; (float); flotar, carroza

connected - conectados; conectar

joys - legrías; alegría, júbilo

"Your lip is trembling," said the Ghost. "And what is that upon your cheek?"

lip - labio, labro

Scrooge muttered, with an unusual catching in his voice, that it was a pimple; and begged the Ghost to lead him where he would.

unusual - inusual, inusitado, desusado

catching - Atrapando; (catch); pega, traba, truco, cuestión

pimple - granos; espinilla, grano, pendejo

lead - llevar; liderar; guiar, dirigir; provocar; encabezar; principal; plomo

"You recollect the way?" inquired the Spirit.

recollect - recuerdas; recordar, acordarse de

"Remember it!" cried Scrooge with fervour; "I could walk it blindfold."

fervour - fervor

blindfold - vendarse los ojos; venda, vendar

"Strange to have forgotten it for so many years!" observed the Ghost. "Let us go on."

"You recollect the way?" inquired the spirit. "Remember it!" cried Scrooge

with fervour; "I could walk it blindfold." "You recollect the way?" inquired the spirit. "Remember it!" cried Scrooge with fervour; "I could walk it blindfold."

They walked along the road, Scrooge recognising every [37]gate, and post, and tree, until a little market-town appeared in the distance, with its bridge, its church, and winding river. Some shaggy ponies now were seen trotting towards them with boys upon their backs, who called to other boys in country gigs and carts, driven by farmers.

recognising - Reconoces

Bridge - puente

winding - Devanado; (wind) Devanado

shaggy - grenudo, desgrenado, despeinado, desmelenado

ponies - ponis; poni, póney

trotting - al trote; (trot) al trote

gigs - conciertos; bolo, actuación

carts - carros; carro, carreta

farmers - agricultores; granjero, granjera

All these boys were in great spirits, and shouted to each other, until the broad fields were so full of merry music, that the crisp air laughed to hear it.

shouted - gritó; grito

broad - amplio; ancho

crisp - crujiente, preciso, burbujeante, efervescente

"These are but shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. "They have no consciousness of us."

shadows - sombras; sombra

consciousness - conciencia

The jocund travellers came on; and as they came, Scrooge knew and named them every one. Why was he rejoiced beyond all bounds to see them? Why did his cold eye glisten, and his heart leap up as they went past? Why was he filled with gladness when he heard them give each other Merry Christmas, as they parted at cross-roads and by-ways for their several homes?

jocund - jocundo

travellers - viajeros; viajero

rejoiced - se alegró; alegrarse, regocijarse

bounds - atado

glisten - brillar; relucir, rielar

leap - salto; saltar, brincar

gladness - alegría

What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?

"The school is not quite deserted," said the Ghost. "A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still."

deserted - desierta; abandonar

neglected - desatendida; descuidar, negligir, desoír, hacer caso omiso

Scrooge said he knew it. And he sobbed.

sobbed - sollozó; hdp

They left the high-road by a well-remembered lane, and soon approached a mansion of dull red brick, with a little weather-cock surmounted cupola on the roof and a bell hanging in it. It was a large house, but one of broken fortunes: for the spacious offices were little used, their walls were damp and mossy, their windows broken, and their gates decayed. Fowls clucked and strutted in the stables; and the coach-houses and sheds were overrun with grass.

approached - se acercó; acercarse, aproximarse

brick - ladrillo

cock - polla; gallo, macho

cupola - cúpula

roof - techo

hanging - Colgando; (hang) Colgando

fortunes - ortunas; fortuna

spacious - espacioso, desahogado, amplio

damp - húmedo, humedad, amortiguar

gates - puertas; puerta; verja

decayed - decayó; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción, podredumbre

fowls - gallinas; ave de corral

clucked - cacareó; cloqueo, clo, cloquear

strutted - se pavoneó; pavonearse

stables - Estable

coach - coche, vagón, entrenador, entrenadora, autocar, entrenar

sheds - obertizos; cobertizo, nave

overrun - invadida; exceder, checkrebasar, checkinvadir

grass - pasto, hierba, grama, césped

Nor was it more retentive of its ancient state within; for, entering the dreary hall, and glancing through the open doors of many rooms, they found them poorly furnished, cold, and vast. There was an earthly savour in the air, a chilly bareness in the place, which associated itself somehow with too much getting up by candle-light, and not too much to eat.

retentive - retentiva

state - Estado, declarar, indicar

entering - Entrando; (enter); entrar

dreary - aburrido, triste

glancing - echando un vistazo; (glance); ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar

poorly - Mal

furnished - amueblado; amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

earthly - terrenal

savour - saborear

chilly - frío

bareness - desnudez

associated - sociados; asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar

somehow - de algún modo, de alguna manera, de alguna forma

getting up - levantarse, arreciar (sobre el viento)

They went, the Ghost and Scrooge, across the hall, to a door[38] at the back of the house. It opened before them, and disclosed a long, bare, melancholy room, made barer still by lines of plain deal forms and desks. At one of these a lonely boy was reading near a feeble fire; and Scrooge sat down upon a form, and wept to see his poor forgotten self as he had used to be.

at the back of the house - en la parte trasera de la casa

disclosed - divulgado; revelar, divulgar

barer - barer; barra; tableta; barrote, reja

plain - plano; sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)

deal - trato, acuerdo, pacto

lonely - solo; solitario, desolado, desierto

feeble - débil, endeble, feble, deficiente

wept - lloró; llorar

Not a latent echo in the house, not a squeak and scuffle from the mice behind the panelling, not a drip from the half-thawed water-spout in the dull yard behind, not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, not the idle swinging of an empty storehouse door, no, not a clicking in the fire, but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.

latent - latente

Echo - eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

squeak - chirriar; chirrido, rechinar

scuffle - rina, pelea, escaramuza

drip - goteo; gotear

thawed - descongelado; descongelar, derretir, deshelar, deshielo

spout - pitorro; pico, chorro, chorrear

sigh - suspiro; suspirar

boughs - ramas; rama

despondent - desanimado; abatido, descorazonado

poplar - álamo, chopo

swinging - Balanceándose; (swing); balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar

empty - vacío, vaciar

storehouse - almacén

clicking - Haciendo clic; (click) Haciendo clic

softening - ablandamiento; (soften); ablandar, suavizar

passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo

Tears - lágrimas; lágrima

The Spirit touched him on the arm, and pointed to his younger self, intent upon his reading. Suddenly a man in foreign garments: wonderfully real and distinct to look at: stood outside the window, with an axe stuck in his belt, and leading by the bridle an ass laden with wood.

foreign - extrano, extranjero, forastero, foráneo, exterior

garments - prendas de vestir; prenda, prenda de vestir

wonderfully - maravillosamente, a las mil maravillas

axe - hacha

stuck - atascado; clavar

leading - dirigiendo; (lead) dirigiendo

bridle - brida

ass - culo; asno, burro

laden - cargado; (lade); cargado

wood - madera

"Why, it's Ali Baba!" Scrooge exclaimed in ecstasy. "It's dear old honest Ali Baba! Yes, yes, I know. One Christmas-time when yonder solitary child was left here all alone, he did come, for the first time, just like that. Poor boy! And Valentine," said Scrooge, "and his wild brother, Orson; there they go!

ecstasy - éxtasis

honest - honesto, sincero; (hon); honesto, sincero

yonder - de allá, aquel, aquella

all alone - solo

wild - salvaje, bravío

And what's his name, who was put down in his drawers, asleep, at the gate of Damascus; don't you see him? And the Sultan's Groom turned upside down by the Genii: there he is upon his head! Serve him right! I'm glad of it. What business had he to be married to the Princess?"

drawers - cajones; cajón

Gate - puerta; verja

Damascus - Damasco

sultan - sultán

groom - novio; mozo de cuadra

upside - al alza; lado bueno, lado positivo, lado favorable

genii - genii; genio, genia

serve - servicio, servir, desempenar, fungir, operar, cernir

princess - princesa, infanta, princesa, checkinfanta

To hear Scrooge expending all the earnestness of his nature on such subjects, in a most extraordinary voice between laughing and crying; and to see his heightened and excited face; would have been a surprise to his business friends in the City, indeed.

earnestness - seriedad

extraordinary - extraordinario, descomunal

crying - llorando; llanto; (cry); llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

heightened - aumentado; elevar, realzar

"Why, it's Ali Baba!" Scrooge exclaimed in ecstasy. "It's dear old honest Ali Baba." "Why, it's Ali Baba!" Scrooge exclaimed in ecstasy. "It's dear old honest Ali Baba."

"There's the Parrot!" cried Scrooge. "Green body and [39]yellow tail, with a thing like a lettuce growing out of the top of his head; there he is! Poor Robin Crusoe he called him, when he came home again after sailing round the island. 'Poor Robin Crusoe, where have you been, Robin Crusoe?

parrot - papagayo, loro, cotorra

lettuce - lechuga

top - cima, parte superior, parte de más arriba, cabecera, tapa

robin - petirrojo, mirlo

sailing round - navegar alrededor; dar la vuelta en barco

The man thought he was dreaming, but he wasn't. It was the Parrot, you know. There goes Friday, running for his life to the little creek! Halloa! Hoop! Halloo!"

dreaming - Sonando; (dream); sueno, ensueno, sonar

wasn - Era

Creek - caleta, arroyo, riachuelo

Hoop - aro

Then, with a rapidity of transition very foreign to his usual character, he said, in pity for his former self, "Poor boy!" and cried again.

rapidity - rapidez, celeridad

transition - transición

character - personaje, característica, carácter

pity - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

former - antiguo, anterior

"I wish," Scrooge muttered, putting his hand in his pocket, and looking about him, after drying his eyes with his cuff: "but it's too late now."

cuff - muneca; puno

"What is the matter?" asked the Spirit.

matter - importa; materia, asunto, cuestión, tema

"Nothing," said Scrooge. "Nothing. There was a boy singing a Christmas Carol at my door last night. I should like to have given him something: that's all."

The Ghost smiled thoughtfully, and waved its hand: saying, as it did so, "Let us see another Christmas!"

thoughtfully - Pensadamente

waved - saludó; ola

Scrooge's former self grew larger at the words, and the room became a little darker and more dirty. The panels shrunk, the windows cracked; fragments of plaster fell out of the ceiling, and the naked laths were shown instead; but how all this was brought about Scrooge knew no more than you do.

panels - paneles; panel, vineta, entrepano

shrunk - ncogido; contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

cracked - roto; rajarse, resquebrajarse

plaster - esparadrapo; ungüento, yeso, escayola, enlucido, revoque

fell out - caerse; pelearse, discutir, separarse

ceiling - techo; (ceil) techo

naked - desnudo

laths - láminas; listón

brought about - provocar

He only knew that it was quite correct: that everything had happened so; that there he was, alone again, when all the other boys had gone home for the jolly holidays.

jolly - alegre, divertido, gracioso

He was not reading now, but walking up and down despairingly. Scrooge looked at the Ghost, and, with a mournful shaking of his head, glanced anxiously towards the door.

despairingly - desesperadamente

shaking - Temblando; (shake); agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida

anxiously - ansioso; con inquietud, con ansiedad, ansiosamente

It opened; and a little girl, much younger than the boy, came darting in, and, putting her arms about his neck, and often kissing him, addressed him as her "dear, dear brother."

darting - dardo, flechilla

kissing - besando; besar

"I have come to bring you home, dear brother!" said the[40] child, clapping her tiny hands, and bending down to laugh. "To bring you home, home, home!"

tiny - pequeno; diminuto, minúsculo, pequenito

bending down - agacharse

"Home, little Fan?" returned the boy.

fan - abanico

"Yes!" said the child, brimful of glee. "Home for good and all. Home for ever and ever. Father is so much kinder than he used to be, that home's like Heaven! He spoke so gently to me one dear night when I was going to bed, that I was not afraid to ask him once more if you might come home; and he said Yes, you should; and sent me in a coach to bring you. And you're to be a man!" said the child, opening her eyes; "and are never to come back here; but first we're to be together all the Christmas long, and have the merriest time in all the world.

brimful - lleno

glee - júbilo, alegría, regocijo

be together - Estar juntos

merriest - más alegre; alegre

"You are quite a woman, little Fan!" exclaimed the boy.

She clapped her hands and laughed, and tried to touch his head; but, being too little, laughed again, and stood on tiptoe to embrace him. Then she began to drag him, in her childish eagerness, towards the door; and he, nothing loath to go, accompanied her.

clapped - aplaudió; aplaudir

on tiptoe - de puntillas

Embrace - abrazar, abrazo

drag - arrastrar; llevar a rastras

childish - para ninos, infantil, infantiloide, pueril

eagerness - avidez, ansia

loath - Odiar

accompanied - acompanado; acompanar

A terrible voice in the hall cried, "bring down Master Scrooge's box, there!" and in the hall appeared the schoolmaster himself, who glared on Master Scrooge with a ferocious condescension, and threw him into a dreadful state of mind by shaking hands with him. He then conveyed him and his sister into the veriest old well of a shivering best parlour that ever was seen, where the maps upon the wall, and the celestial and terrestrial globes in the windows, were waxy with cold.

bring down - bajar; derribar

glared - miró; mirada fulminante

shivering - Tiritando; (shiver) Tiritando

parlour - salón

celestial - celestial, celeste

terrestrial - terrestre

globes - globos; globo, globo terráqueo

waxy - Cera

Here he produced a decanter of curiously light wine, and a block of curiously heavy cake, and administered instalments of those dainties to the young people: at the same time sending out a meagre servant to offer a glass of "something" to the postboy who answered that he thanked the gentleman, but, if it was the same tap as he had tasted before, he had rather not. Master Scrooge's trunk being by this time tied on to the top of the chaise,[41] the children bade the schoolmaster good-bye right willingly; and, getting into it, drove gaily down the garden sweep; the quick wheels dashing the hoar frost and snow from off the dark leaves of the evergreens like spray.

produced - producido; producir, realizar, producto, producción, cosecha

decanter - decantador

block - bloque

administered - administrado; administrar

instalments - Fraccionamiento

dainties - delicias; delicado, manoso

meagre - escaso, pobre

servant - sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

tap - golpear; golpecito, palmadita

tasted - probado; gusto, gusto, gustos, muestra, gustar, probar, catar

trunk - tronco, baúl, trompa

tied - atado; amarrar, atar

Good-bye - (Good-bye) Adiós

willingly - de buena gana

sweep - barrer, peinar

wheels - ruedas; rueda, pez gordo, llanta, rodar, circunvolar

dashing - legante; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

evergreens - perennes; perennifolio

spray - pulverizador; rociada, pulverización

"Always a delicate creature, whom a breath might have withered," said the Ghost. "But she had a large heart!"

delicate - delicado, delicado (1, 2)

creature - criatura

withered - se marchitó; marchitar(se)

"So she had," cried Scrooge. "You're right. I will not gainsay it, Spirit. God forbid!"

You're right - Tienes razón

gainsay - ganar; impugnar, contradecir

forbid - prohibir, vedar, vetar, negar

"She died a woman," said the Ghost, "and had, as I think, children."

"One child," Scrooge returned.

"True," said the Ghost. "Your nephew!"

Scrooge seemed uneasy in his mind; and answered briefly, "Yes."

uneasy - inquieta; inquieto

briefly - revemente; concisamente

Although they had but that moment left the school behind them, they were now in the busy thoroughfares of a city, where shadowy passengers passed and repassed; where shadowy carts and coaches battled for the way, and all the strife and tumult of a real city were. It was made plain enough, by the dressing of the shops, that here, too, it was Christmas-time again; but it was evening, and the streets were lighted up.

thoroughfares - ías públicas; pasaje, vía pública, vía de comunicación, canal

repassed - repasar

coaches - entrenadores; coche, vagón, entrenador, entrenadora, autocar

battled - luchó; batalla

strife - conflicto; disensión, altercado

tumult - clamor, bullicio, alboroto, tumulto

lighted up - Iluminado

The Ghost stopped at a certain warehouse door, and asked Scrooge if he knew it.

Certain - seguro; cierto, cierto, cierta

"Know it!" said Scrooge. "Was I apprenticed here?"

apprenticed - aprendiz, panish: colocar de aprendiz

They went in. at sight of an old gentleman in a Welsh wig, sitting behind such a high desk, that if he had been two inches taller, he must have knocked his head against the ceiling, Scrooge cried in great excitement:

at sight - a la vista

Welsh - galés, galés, galeses, galesas

wig - peluca

high desk - escritorio alto

inches - pulgadas; pulgada

knocked - golpeado; golpe, golpear

excitement - emoción; entusiasmo

"Why, it's old Fezziwig! Bless his heart, it's Fezziwig alive again!"

alive - vivo, viviente

Old Fezziwig laid down his pen, and looked up at the clock, which pointed to the hour of seven. He rubbed his hands; adjusted his capacious waistcoat; laughed all over himself,[42] from his shoes to his organ of benevolence; and called out, in a comfortable, oily, rich, fat, jovial voice:

laid down - ponerse, acostarse, tumbarse

rubbed - frotado; frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

adjusted - ajustado; ajustar, arreglar, regular, adaptar

capacious - capacidad; espacioso

organ - órgano, publicación oficial

comfortable - cómodo, confortable, checkcómodo

oily - grasa; aceitoso

jovial - jovial, alegre

"Yo ho, there! Ebenezer! Dick!"

Ho - Qué

Scrooge's former self, now grown a young man, came briskly in, accompanied by his fellow-'prentice.

briskly - enérgicamente; con brío, brioso; rápido, enérgico, briosamente

"Dick Wilkins, to be sure!" said Scrooge to the Ghost. "Bless me, yes. There he is. He was very much attached to me, was Dick. Poor Dick! Dear, dear!"

attached - Adjunto

"Yo ho, my boys!" said Fezziwig. "No more work to-night. Christmas-eve, Dick. Christmas, Ebenezer! Let's have the shutters up," cried old Fezziwig with a sharp clap of his hands, "before a man can say Jack Robinson!"

shutters - persianas; postigo, contraventana, obturador

clap - aplaudir

Jack - Juanito, Jacobo, Santiago

You wouldn't believe how those two fellows went at it! They charged into the street with the shutters-one, two, three-had 'em up in their places-four, five, six-barred 'em and pinned 'em-seven, eight, nine-and came back before you could have got to twelve, panting like race-horses.

fellows - companeros; tipo

charged - cargado; cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar

barred - prohibido; barra; tableta; barrote, reja

pinned - inmovilizado; alfiler

panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando

"Hilli-ho!" cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk with wonderful agility. "clear away, my lads, and let's have lots of room here! Hilli-ho, Dick! Chirrup, Ebenezer!"

skipping - saltando; saltar

agility - agilidad

clear away - despejar, quitar

lads - chicos; nino, chico, mozo, mozalbete

Clear away! There was nothing they wouldn't have cleared away, or couldn't have cleared away, with old Fezziwig looking on. It was done in a minute.

cleared away - despejar, quitar

Every movable was packed off, as if it were dismissed from public life for evermore; the floor was swept and watered, the lamps were trimmed, fuel was heaped upon the fire; and the warehouse was as snug, and warm, and dry, and bright a ball-room as you would desire to see upon a winter's night.

packed - empacado; fardo, bulto

dismissed - despedido; despedir, echar, disipar, rechazar, expulsar

public - público, público

evermore - para siempre; siempre

swept - barrido; barrer, peinar

heaped - montonado; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

snug - cómodo, confortable, ajustado, cenido

dry - seco, secarse, enjugar

In came a fiddler with a music-book, and went up to the lofty desk, and made an orchestra of it, and tuned like fifty stomachaches. In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile. In came the three Miss Fezziwigs, beaming and lovable. In came the six young followers whose hearts they broke. In came all the young men and women employed in the business.[43] In came the housemaid, with her cousin the baker. In came the cook, with her brother's particular friend the milkman. In came the boy from over the way, who was suspected of not having board enough from his master; trying to hide himself behind the girl from next door but one, who was proved to have had her ears pulled by her mistress. In they all came, one after another; some shyly, some boldly, some gracefully, some awkwardly, some pushing, some pulling; in they all came, any how and every how.

lofty - altivo; majestuoso

orchestra - orquesta

tuned - sintonizado; melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

stomachaches - dolores de estómago; dolor de estómago

Mrs - Senor

substantial - sustancial, is, enjundioso, substancial

smile - sonrisa, sonreír

beaming - rayos; radiante; (beam); viga, timón, radio

lovable - adorable, amable

followers - seguidores; seguidor, seguidora, imitador

employed - empleado; contratar, emplear

housemaid - Empleada doméstica

Baker - panadero, panadera

milkman - lechero

over the way - al otro lado de la calle

suspected - sospechas; barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

board - junta; tabla, plancha

hide - esconderse; esconder(se), ocultar

proved - probado; probar

pulled - sacado; tirar, jalar, halar, tirón, ligar

Mistress - senora; duena, maestra, querida, amante, barragana, manceba, ama

shyly - tímidamente

boldly - con valentía; audazmente, valientemente

gracefully - con elegancia; agraciadamente

awkwardly - torpemente

pushing - empujando; empujar

pulling - Tirando; (pull); tirar, jalar, halar, tirón, ligar

Away they all went, twenty couple at once; hands half round and back again the other way; down the middle and up again; round and round in various stages of affectionate grouping; old top couple always turning up in the wrong place; new top couple starting off again as soon as they got there; all top couples at last, and not a bottom one to help them! When this result was brought about, old Fezziwig, clapping his hands to stop the dance, cried out, "Well done!" and the fiddler plunged his hot face into a pot of porter, especially provided for that purpose. But, scorning rest upon his reappearance, he instantly began again, though there were no dancers yet, as if the other fiddler had been carried home, exhausted, on a shutter, and he were a bran-new man resolved to beat him out of sight, or perish.

various - varios, diversos, diferentes, distintos

stages - etapas; etapa, fase, estadio, escenario, escena, calesa

affectionate - Carinoso

turning up - Aparecer, presentarse; subir, aumentar

couples - parejas; pareja, par, un par de, unos, par de fuerzas, acoplar

bottom - fondo, culo, pasivo

plunged - se hundió; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

pot - pote, cacerola, puchero; tarro; maceta, tiesto

porter - portero; mozo de equipajes

especially - especialmente, sobre todo, máxime, más

provided - proporcionado; proveer

scorning - desprecio; (scorn); despreciar, desdenar, menospreciar

exhausted - exhausto; agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape

shutter - postigo, contraventana, obturador

bran - salvado, acemite

beat - Golpear; latir

perish - perecer

There were more dances, and there were forfeits, and more dances, and there was cake, and there was negus, and there was a great piece of Cold Roast, and there was a great piece of Cold Boiled, and there were mince-pies, and plenty of beer. But the great effect of the evening came after the Roast and Boiled, when the fiddler (an artful dog, mind! The sort of man who knew his business better than you or I could have told it him!

forfeits - pérdidas; penalización, perder, rendir

roast - asar, rostir, planchar, brindis cómico, vejamen, carne asada

mince - picadillo, carne picada, carne molida, picar

pies - pasteles; tarta, empanada, pastel

effect - efecto, efectos, efectos especiales, vigencia, vigor

artful - inteligente; diestro, hábil, habiloso, ingenioso, astuto

struck up "Sir Roger de Coverley." Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs. Fezziwig. Top couple, too; with a good stiff piece of work cut out for them; three or four and twenty pair of partners; people who were not to be trifled with; people who would dance, and had no notion of walking.[44]

Roger - Rogelio

couple - pareja, par, un par de, unos, par de fuerzas, acoplar

stiff - rígido, duro, tieso, inflexible

trifled - contrariado; sopa inglesa, pizca, nadería, nimiedad, zarandaja

notion - noción, ganas, intención

But if they had been twice as many-ah! four times-old Fezziwig would have been a match for them, and so would Mrs. Fezziwig. As to her, she was worthy to be his partner in every sense of the term. If that's not high praise, tell me higher, and I'll use it. A positive light appeared to issue from Fezziwig's calves. They shone in every part of the dance like moons. You couldn't have predicted, at any given time, what would become of them next.

match - coincide; cerilla, fósforo

worthy - Digno

term - término; período, etapa

Praise - elogios; alabanza, loa, enaltecimiento, elogio, adoración

issue from - de dónde viene el problema

shone - brilló; brillar

moons - lunas; Luna

And when old Fezziwig and Mrs. Fezziwig had gone all through the dance; advance and retire, both hands to your partner, bow and curtsy, cork-screw, thread-the-needle, and back again to your place; Fezziwig "cut"-cut so deftly, that he appeared to wink with his legs, and came upon his feet again without a stagger.

advance - avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

bow - arco; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

curtsy - una reverencia; reverencia

cork - corcho; Cork

screw - tornillo, tirafondo, hélice, atornillar, enroscar, follar, joder

thread - hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón, subproceso

needle - aguja, acícula

deftly - con destreza; hábilmente

wink - guino; guinar el ojo

stagger - trastabillar; tambalearse; (stag); ciervo, potro, potra

When the clock struck eleven, this domestic ball broke up. Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig took their stations, one on either side the door, and, shaking hands with every person individually as he or she went out, wished him or her a Merry Christmas.

domestic - doméstico, nacional, empleada doméstica, empleada, malos tratos

side - lado

individually - individualmente

wished - deseaba; deseo, gana, desear

When everybody had retired but the two 'prentices, they did the same to them; and thus the cheerful voices died away, and the lads were left to their beds; which were under a counter in the back-shop.

retired - jubilado; retirarse, jubilarse

counter - Contador

During the whole of this time Scrooge had acted like a man out of his wits. His heart and soul were in the scene, and with his former self. He corroborated everything, remembered everything, enjoyed everything, and underwent the strangest agitation.

acted - actuado; acto, ley, acción, hecho, actuar

wits - agudeza, ingenio, chispa, gracia

soul - alma, espíritu

scene - escena, escenario

corroborated - corroborado; corroborar

underwent - ufrió; experimentar, sufrir, soportar, padecer

agitation - agitación, desasosiego, inquietud

It was not until now, when the bright faces of his former self and Dick were turned from them, that he remembered the Ghost, and became conscious that it was looking full upon him, while the light upon its head burnt very clear.

burnt - quemado; (burn); quemado

"A small matter," said the Ghost, "to make these silly folks so full of gratitude."

silly - bobo, tonto, ninito, infantil, apayasado, semiaturdido, tontito

folks - pueblo, gente

gratitude - gratitud

"Small!" echoed Scrooge.

echoed - resonó; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

The Spirit signed to him to listen to the two apprentices,[45] who were pouring out their hearts in praise of Fezziwig; and, when he had done so, said:

apprentices - aprendices; aprendiz, panish: colocar de aprendiz

pouring out - desbordar, inundar, hablar sin parar sobre algo

"Why! Is it not? He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four, perhaps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise?"

deserves - merecer, meritar

"It isn't that," said Scrooge, heated by the remark, and speaking unconsciously like his former, not his latter self. "It isn't that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil.

remark - observación, comentario

render - renderizar; dejar, volver

unhappy - infeliz

service - servicio

burdensome - neroso; exigente, pesado, penoso, arduo

toil - esfuerzo, labrar, trabajar

Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up: what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune."

lies - mentiras; mentira

insignificant - insignificante, oscuro, desestimable

cost a fortune - cuesta una fortuna

He felt the Spirit's glance, and stopped.

"What is the matter?" asked the Ghost.

"Nothing particular," said Scrooge.

"Something, I think?" the Ghost insisted.

insisted - insistió; insistir

"No," said Scrooge, "no. I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now. That's all."

His former self turned down the lamps as he gave utterance to the wish; and Scrooge and the Ghost again stood side by side in the open air.

utterance - Expresión

open air - al aire libre

"My time grows short," observed the Spirit. "Quick!"

This was not addressed to Scrooge, or to any one whom he could see, but it produced an immediate effect. For again Scrooge saw himself. He was older now; a man in the prime of life. His face had not the harsh and rigid lines of later years; but it had begun to wear the signs of care and avarice.

immediate - inmediata; inmediato

prime - primer, primero

harsh - áspero, duro, severo, despotricar

rigid - rígido

signs - senales; senal

avarice - avaricia, codicia

There was an eager, greedy, restless motion in the eye, which showed the passion that had taken root, and where the shadow of the growing tree would fall.

eager - ávido, ansioso, deseoso

greedy - codicioso, avaricioso, ávido, avaro

motion - movimiento, moción

passion - pasión

root - raíz

He was not alone, but sat by the side of a fair young girl in a mourning dress: in whose eyes there were tears, which sparkled in the light that shone out of the Ghost of Christmas Past.[46]

mourning - duelo, luto; (mourn); lamentar, estar de luto

"It matters little," she said softly. "To you, very little. Another idol has displaced me; and, if it can cheer and comfort you in time to come as I would have tried to do, I have no just cause to grieve."

It matters - Importa

idol - ídolo

displaced - desplazado; desahuciar, desplazar, desterrar, reprimir

grieve - duelo; afligirse, acongojarse

"What Idol has displaced you?" he rejoined.

rejoined - Reincorporarse

"A golden one."

"This is the even-handed dealing of the world!" he said. "There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!"

dealing - tratando; (deal) tratando

poverty - pobreza, pauperismo

professes - profesar

condemn - condenar, clausurar

severity - severidad, seriedad, gravedad

pursuit - persecución

wealth - prosperidad, riqueza

"You fear the world too much," she answered gently. "All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of its sordid reproach. I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you. Have I not?"

merged - fusionado; fusionar

sordid - sórdido

reproach - reproche, vergüenza, reprochar, avergonzar, echar en cara algo

nobler - más noble; noble

aspirations - aspiración

fall off - caerse, desprenderse, despegarse

gain - ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

engrosses - entusiasma; acaparar, arramblar, apandar, alzarse con

"What then?" he retorted. "Even if I have grown so much wiser, what then? I am not changed towards you."

retorted - replicó; replicar

wiser - más sabio; sabio

She shook her head.

"Am I?"

"Our contract is an old one. It was made when we were both poor, and content to be so, until, in good season, we could improve our worldly fortune by our patient industry. You are changed. When it was made you were another man."

contract - contrato; contraer

content - contenido; satisfecho

in good season - en buena temporada

Fortune - fortuna

patient - paciente, paciente

industry - industria

"I was a boy," he said impatiently.

impatiently - impacientemente

"Your own feeling tells you that you were not what you are," she returned. "I am. That which promised happiness when we were one in heart is fraught with misery now that we are two. How often and how keenly I have thought of this I will not say. It is enough that I have thought of it, and can release you."

fraught - enso

release - liberación; liberar

"Have I ever sought release?"

"In words. No. Never."

"In what, then?"

"In a changed nature; in an altered spirit; in another atmosphere of life; another Hope as its great end. In everything[47] that made my love of any worth or value in your sight. If this had never been between us," said the girl, looking mildly, but with steadiness, upon him, "tell me, would you seek me out and try to win me now? Ah, no!"

altered - alterado; cambiar, modificar, alterar

worth - vale la pena; valor

value - valor, importancia, valorar, cifrar, apreciar

seek - buscar

He seemed to yield to the justice of this supposition in spite of himself. But he said, with a struggle, "You think not."

yield - ceder

justice - justicia, justedad, justeza, justicia

supposition - suposición

Struggle - lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

"I would gladly think otherwise if I could," she answered. "Heaven knows! When I have learned a Truth like this, I know how strong and irresistible it must be. But if you were free to-day, to-morrow, yesterday, can even I believe that you would choose a dowerless girl-you who, in your very confidence with her, weigh everything by Gain: or, choosing her, if for a moment you were false enough to your one guiding principle to do so, do I not know that your repentance and regret would surely follow?

gladly - con gusto; de buena gana

irresistible - irresistible

dowerless - Sin poder

confidence - confianza; certeza, certeza propia, certidumbre, confidencia

weigh - pesar, levar, desancorar

guiding principle - Principio rector

repentance - arrepentimiento

I do; and I release you. With a full heart, for the love of him you once were."

He was about to speak; but, with her head turned from him, she resumed.

"You may-the memory of what is past half makes me hope you will-have pain in this. A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it gladly, as an unprofitable dream, from which it happened well that you awoke. May you be happy in the life you have chosen!"

memory - memoria, recuerdo

pain - dolor

brief - breve, corto, conciso, sucinto, escueto, resumen, poner al tanto

dismiss - descartar; despedir; denegar; dejar salir

unprofitable - no es rentable; desaventajado

She left him, and they parted.

"Spirit!" said Scrooge, "show me no more! Conduct me home. Why do you delight to torture me?"

delight - disfrutar; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

"One shadow more!" exclaimed the Ghost.

"No more!" cried Scrooge. "No more! I don't wish to see it. Show me no more!"

But the relentless Ghost pinioned him in both his arms, and forced him to observe what happened next.

relentless - incesante; implacable, furioso, inexorable, incansable

pinioned - pinón

forced - forzado; fuerza

observe - observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

They were in another scene and place; a room, not very large or handsome, but full of comfort. Near to the winter fire sat a beautiful young girl, so like that last that Scrooge[48] believed it was the same, until he saw her, now a comely matron, sitting opposite her daughter. The noise in this room was perfectly tumultuous, for there were more children there than Scrooge in his agitated state of mind could count; and, unlike the celebrated herd in the poem, they were not forty children conducting themselves like one, but every child was conducting itself like forty. The consequences were uproarious beyond belief; but no one seemed to care; on the contrary, the mother and daughter laughed heartily, and enjoyed it very much; and the latter, soon beginning to mingle in the sports, got pillaged by the young brigands most ruthlessly. What would I not have given to be one of them!

comely - cómoda; lindo

Matron - matrona

tumultuous - tumultuoso, bullicioso, tempestuoso

unlike - a diferencia de; diferente

celebrated - celebrado; honrar, loar, alabar, celebrar, festejar

herd - rebano, manada, piara

poem - poema, poesía, oda

conducting - conduciendo; conducción, conducta, guiar, dirigir, manejar

themselves - se, ellos mismos, ellas mismas

consequences - consecuencias; consecuencia

beyond belief - Increíble

contrary - contrario

mingle - mezclarse; mezclar

pillaged - saqueado; saquear, saqueo, pillaje

brigands - brigandas; bandido

ruthlessly - sin piedad; despiadamente, cruelmente, sádicamente

Though I never could have been so rude, no, no! I wouldn't for the wealth of all the world have crushed that braided hair, and torn it down; and, for the precious little shoe, I wouldn't have plucked it off, God bless my soul! to save my life. As to measuring her waist in sport, as they did, bold young brood, I couldn't have done it; I should have expected my arm to have grown round it for a punishment, and never come straight again. And yet I should have dearly liked, I own, to have touched her lips; to have questioned her, that she might have opened them; to have looked upon the lashes of her downcast eyes, and never raised a blush; to have let loose waves of hair, an inch of which would be a keepsake beyond price: in short, I should have liked, I do confess, to have had the lightest licence of a child, and yet to have been man enough to know its value.

rude - rudo, grosero, descortés, soez

crushed - aplastado; aplastamiento, enamoramiento, aplastar, destripar

braided - trenzado; trenzar

torn - desgarrado; lágrima

precious - preciosos; precioso

plucked - desplumado; herir, desplumar, perseverancia

measuring - Medir; (measure); medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

punishment - castigo, penitencia, checkpenitencia

Dearly - Querido

lashes - pestanas; pestana

downcast - alicaído, abatido

blush - sonrojo, rubor

loose - suelto; flojo

waves - olas; ola

inch - pulgada

keepsake - recuerdo

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

licence - licencia, permiso

But now a knocking at the door was heard, and such a rush immediately ensued that she, with laughing face and plundered dress, was borne towards it in the centre of a flushed and boisterous group, just in time to greet the father, who came home attended by a man laden with Christmas toys and presents. Then the shouting and the struggling, and the onslaught that was made on the defenceless porter! The scaling him, with chairs for ladders, to dive into his pockets, despoil him of brown-[49]paper parcels, Hold on tight by his cravat, hug him round the neck, pummel his back, and kick his legs in irrepressible affection!

knocking at - Golpear, tocar

rush - prisa; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

ensued - siguió; seguirse, resultar

plundered - saqueado; saquear, saqueo, botín

flushed - enjuagado; rubor

boisterous - alborotador; ruidoso, escandaloso, salvaje

greet - saludar

attended - asistió; asistir

toys - juguetes; juguete, jugar (con), darle vueltas a una idea

struggling - con dificultades; (struggle); lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar

onslaught - embestida, ataque, arremetida, acometida, avalancha, asalto

defenceless - Indefensa

scaling - Escala; (scale) Escala

ladders - escaleras; escalera, escalafón, carrera

dive - bucear; zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

despoil - despojar

parcels - paquetes; paquete, parcela, hatajo, embalar, parcelar

Hold on tight - aferrarse

hug - abrazo, abrazar

pummel - golpear

kick - patear; dar un puntapié, golpear con el pie, dar una patada a

irrepressible - irreprimible, irrefrenable

affection - afecto, carino, apego

The shouts of wonder and delight with which the development of every package was received! The terrible announcement that the baby had been taken in the act of putting a doll's frying-pan into his mouth, and was more than suspected of having swallowed a fictitious turkey, glued on a wooden platter! The immense relief of finding this a false alarm! The joy, and gratitude, and ecstasy! They are all indescribable alike. It is enough that by degrees, the children and their emotions got out of the parlour, and, by one stair at a time, up to the top of the house, where they went to bed, and so subsided.

shouts - gritos; grito

delight with - deleitarse

development - desarrollo, desenvolvimiento

package - paquete, embalaje, bulto, empacar, empaquetar

received - recibido; recibir

announcement - anuncio, declaración, anunciación, checkanuncio

been taken in - dejar enganarse

act - acto, ley, acción, hecho, actuar

doll - muneca

frying-pan - (frying-pan) una sartén

swallowed - tragado; tragar, engullir

fictitious - ficticia; ficticio, inventado

turkey - pavo, chompipe

glued on - pegado a

wooden - de madera, acartonado

platter - plato; fuente

immense - inmenso

alarm - alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

joy - alegría, júbilo

indescribable - indescriptible

alike - igual, semejante, parecido, igualmente

by degrees - Poco a poco

emotions - emociones; afecto, emoción

stair - peldano, escalera

subsided - se calmó; calmarse

And now Scrooge looked on more attentively than ever, when the master of the house, having his daughter leaning fondly on him, sat down with her and her mother at his own fireside; and when he thought that such another creature, quite as graceful and as full of promise, might have called him father, and been a spring-time in the haggard winter of his life, his sight grew very dim indeed.

attentively - con atención; atentamente

leaning - Inclinado; (lean) Inclinado

fondly - con carino

fireside - fuego; alrededor de la chimenea

graceful - gracia; grácil, gracioso

promise - promesa, prometer

haggard - macilento, ojeroso, demacrado

dim - débil, ténue

"Belle," said the husband, turning to his wife with a smile, "I saw an old friend of yours this afternoon."

"Who was it?"


"How can I? Tut, don't I know?" she added in the same breath, laughing as he laughed. "Mr. Scrooge."

"Mr. Scrooge it was. I passed his office window; and as it was not shut up, and he had a candle inside, I could scarcely help seeing him. His partner lies upon the point of death, I hear; and there he sat alone. Quite alone in the world, I do believe."

inside - interior, dentro, adentro, dentro de

"Spirit!" said Scrooge in a broken voice, "remove me from this place."

remove - quitar, remover, detraer

"I told you these were shadows of the things that have been," said the Ghost. "That they are what they are, do not blame me!"[50]

blame - culpar, responsabilizar, echar la culpa

"Remove me!" Scrooge exclaimed. "I cannot bear it!"

He turned upon the Ghost, and seeing that it looked upon him with a face in which in some strange way there were fragments of all the faces it had shown him, wrestled with it.

wrestled - luchó; luchar

"Leave me! Take me back! Haunt me no longer!"

haunt - persecución; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

In the struggle-if that can be called a struggle in which the Ghost, with no visible resistance on its own part, was undisturbed by any effort of its adversary-Scrooge observed that its light was burning high and bright; and dimly connecting that with its influence over him, he seized the extinguisher cap, and by a sudden action pressed it down upon its head.

resistance - resistencia

adversary - adversario, adversaria

burning - quemando; ardiente; (burn) quemando; ardiente

dimly - tenuemente

connecting - conectando; conectar

pressed - presionado; apretar, presionar

The Spirit dropped beneath it, so that the extinguisher covered its whole form; but, though Scrooge pressed it down with all his force, he could not hide the light, which streamed from under it in an unbroken flood upon the ground.

beneath - por debajo; bajo

streamed - en streaming; corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir, recibir flujo

under it - debajo de

flood - inundación; avenida, riada, diluvio, inundar

He was conscious of being exhausted, and overcome by an irresistible drowsiness; and, further, of being in his own bedroom. He gave the cap a parting squeeze, in which his hand relaxed; and had barely time to reel to bed before he sank into a heavy sleep.[51]

overcome - vencer, superar

drowsiness - sonolencia, somnolencia, sopor, duermevela

further - más allá; fomentar, asistir, exhortar, desarrollar

squeeze - exprimir, apretar, apretujar, apuro, crisis, apretón

barely - apenas

reel - carrete, enrollar, titubear

sank - se hundió; hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos, fregadero


Awaking in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One. He felt that he was restored to consciousness in the right nick of time, for the especial purpose of holding a conference with the second messenger dispatched to him through Jacob Marley's intervention.

awaking - Despertando; (awake) Despertando

prodigiously - Prodigiosamente

tough - difícil; resistente, severo, de mano dura, ni modo

snore - roncar, ronquido

sitting up - Sentarse

restored - restaurado; restablecer, restaurar

in the right nick of time - en el momento justo

especial - especial

conference - conferencia

messenger - mensajero

dispatched - enviado; despachar, privar, despacharse, despacho

intervention - intervención

But, finding that he turned uncomfortably cold when he began to wonder which of his curtains this new spectre would draw back, he put them every one aside with his own hands, and, lying down again, established a sharp look-out all round the bed. For he wished to challenge the Spirit on the moment of its appearance, and did not wish to be taken by surprise and made nervous.

uncomfortably - incómodo; incómodamente

lying - Mentir; (lie) Mentir

established - establecido; establecer, instaurar, nombrar

challenge - desafío, reto, disputa, impedimento, incompatibilidad, recurso

taken by surprise - tomado por sorpresa

nervous - nervioso

Gentlemen of the free-and-easy sort, who plume themselves on being acquainted with a move or two, and being usually equal to the time of day, express the wide range of their capacity for adventure by observing that they are good for anything from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter; between which opposite extremes, no doubt, there lies a tolerably wide and comprehensive range of subjects.

free-and-easy - (free-and-easy) desenfadado, relajado

plume - pluma

acquainted - conocido; dar a conocer, familiarizar

Equal - igual, igualar, equivaler

express - expresar

range - rango; sierra, cordillera, hornillo, estufa, escala, gama

capacity - capacidad

adventure - aventura

pitch - plantar, armar, montar

toss - tiro, lanzamiento, lanzar una moneda al aire, echar un volado

Manslaughter - homicidio, homicidio culposo, homicidio involuntario

extremes - extremos; extremo

Without venturing for Scrooge quite as hardily as this, I don't mind calling on you to believe that he was ready for a good broad field of strange appearances, and that nothing between a baby and a rhinoceros would have astonished him very much.

venturing - Aventurarse; (venture); aventura, arriesgar

hardily - Fuertemente

I don't mind - No me importa.

field - campo, agro, cancha, terreno

appearances - apariencias; aparición, apariencia, hechura, estampa, aire

rhinoceros - rinoceronte

astonished - asombrado; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

Now, being prepared for almost anything, he was not by any means prepared for nothing; and consequently, when the[52] bell struck One, and no shape appeared, he was taken with a violent fit of trembling. Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came. All this time he lay upon his bed, the very core and centre of a blaze of ruddy light, which streamed upon it when the clock proclaimed the hour; and which, being only light, was more alarming than a dozen ghosts, as he was powerless to make out what it meant, or would be at; and was sometimes apprehensive that he might be at that very moment an interesting case of spontaneous combustion, without having the consolation of knowing it.

consequently - por consiguiente; consecuentemente

violent - violento

fit - sano, en forma

lay - poner, colocar

core - corazón (fruta); núcleo

proclaimed - proclamado; proclamar

more alarming - más alarmante

powerless - impotente

apprehensive - preocupado; aprensivo, inquieto

spontaneous - espontáneo

combustion - combustión, quemado, reacción química, oxidación, revuelta

consolation - consolación, consuelo, premio de consolación, premio de consuelo

At last, however, he began to think-as you or I would have thought at first; for it is always the person not in the predicament who knows what ought to have been done in it, and would unquestionably have done it too-at last, I say, he began to think that the source and secret of this ghostly light might be in the adjoining room, from whence, on further tracing it, it seemed to shine. This idea taking full possession of his mind, he got up softly, and shuffled in his slippers to the door.

predicament - problemas; predicamento, aprieto, apuro

source - fuente, fontana, origen

adjoining room - la habitación contigua

whence - de dónde; de donde, desde donde, de ahí

tracing - Rastreo; (trace) Rastreo

shine - brillar

full possession - Propiedad completa

shuffled - barajado; barajar, mezclar, barajear, arrastrar

The moment Scrooge's hand was on the lock, a strange voice called him by his name, and bade him enter. He obeyed.

enter - entrar

obeyed - obedecer

It was his own room. There was no doubt about that. But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove; from every part of which bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney as that dull petrifaction of a hearth had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone. heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething[53] bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam.

surprising - sorprendente; (surprise); sorpresa, sorprender

transformation - transformación

grove - arboleda

glistened - brillaba; relucir, rielar

mistletoe - liga, muérdago, visco

ivy - hiedra

reflected - reflejado; reflejar, recapacitar, reflexionar, cavilar

mirrors - espejos; espejo

scattered - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir, desviar

chimney - chimenea, tubo

hearth - hogar, lar, solera, fogón, crisol

heaped up - amontonado

throne - trono

turkeys - pavos; pavo, chompipe

geese - Gansos

poultry - aves de corral; ave de corral, pollería

brawn - fuerza muscular; queso de cabeza, cabeza de jabalí

joints - juntas; en común, comunitario, en conjunto, articulación

wreaths - coronas; guirnalda, corona, burelete, rodear

sausages - salchichas; embutido, salchicha, salchichón, checkchorizo

plum - ciruela

puddings - postres; pudin, pudín

barrels - barriles; barril, tonel, canón, cano, embarrilar

Oysters - ostras; ostra, ostra, tumba

chestnuts - castanas; castana, castano, marrón

cherry - cereza, guinda, cerezo, guinda, cereza

cheeked - con mejillas; mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

juicy - jugoso

pears - peras; pera, peral

twelfth - duodécimo, décimo segundo, doceavo

bowls - cazoletas; bola

Punch - un punetazo; ponche

steam - Vapor; vaporear; de vapor; al vapor

In easy state upon this couch there sat a jolly Giant, glorious to see; who bore a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty's horn, and held it up, high up, to shed its light on Scrooge as he came peeping round the door.

couch - un sofá; sofá, canapé

giant - gigante, gigantesco

bore - perforar; (bear) perforar

glowing - resplandeciente; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

torch - antorcha, incendiar

horn - cuerno

shed - cobertizo, nave

"Come in!" exclaimed the Ghost. "Come in! and know me better, man!"

Scrooge entered timidly, and hung his head before this Spirit. He was not the dogged Scrooge he had been; and, though the Spirit's eyes were clear and kind, he did not like to meet them.

timidly - tímidamente

"I am the Ghost of Christmas present," said the Spirit. "Look upon me!"

Christmas present - Regalo de Navidad

Scrooge reverently did so. It was clothed in one simple deep green robe, or mantle, bordered with white fur. This garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any artifice. Its feet, observable beneath the ample folds of the garment, were also bare; and on its head it wore no other covering than a holly wreath, set here and there with shining icicles.

clothed - vestido; tela, pedazo de tela, trozo de tela, trapo, pano, facha

simple - simple, sencillo, simple

mantle - manto, camisa

bordered - bordeado; frontera, borde, cenefa, orla, parterre

fur - pelo, pelaje

garment - prenda, prenda de vestir

loosely - a la ligera; vagamente

disdaining - desdén, desprecio, desdeno, desdenar, despreciar

warded - protegido; sala

concealed - ocultos; esconder, ocultar

artifice - artificio

observable - observable

ample - amplio, extenso, abundante, generoso

folds - liegues; doblar, plegar

covering - Cubriendo; (cover); tapa, cubierta, escondrijo, guarida, tapa

wreath - guirnalda, corona, burelete, rodear

shining - brillante; brillar

icicles - carámbanos; carámbano

Its dark brown curls were long and free; free as its genial face, its sparkling eye, its open hand, its cheery voice, its unconstrained demeanour, and its joyful air. Girded round its middle was an antique scabbard; but no sword was in it, and the ancient sheath was eaten up with rust.

dark brown - marrón oscuro

curls - rizos; rizo, bucle, flexión

genial - genial, amable, formidable, bueno, simpático

sparkling - chispeante; centelleante, gaseoso, efervescente

cheery - Alegre

unconstrained - sin restricciones

demeanour - conducta, comportamiento

joyful - alegre, gozoso

antique - antigüedades; antiguo, antigüedad

scabbard - vainas; vaina

sword - espada, gladio

sheath - vaina, funda

rust - oxido; óxido

"You have never seen the like of me before!" exclaimed the Spirit.

"Never," Scrooge made answer to it.

"Have never walked forth with the younger members of my family; meaning (for I am very young) my elder brothers born in these later years?" pursued the Phantom.

"I don't think I have," said Scrooge. "I am afraid I have not. Have you had many brothers, Spirit?"

"More than eighteen hundred," said the Ghost.[54]

"A tremendous family to provide for," muttered Scrooge.

tremendous - tremendo

provide - proporcionar; proveer

The Ghost of Christmas Present rose.

"Spirit," said Scrooge submissively, "conduct me where you will. I went forth last night on compulsion, and I learnt a lesson which is working now. To-night, if you have aught to teach me, let me profit by it."

submissively - Sumisamente

compulsion - obligación; compulsión, coacción, coerción

aught - Algo

profit - ganancias; ganancia, beneficio, explotar, beneficiarse

"Touch my robe!"

Scrooge did as he was told, and held it fast.

Holly, mistletoe, red berries, ivy, turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, meat, pigs, sausages, oysters, pies, puddings, fruit, and punch, all vanished instantly.

So did the room, the fire, the ruddy glow, the hour of night, and they stood in the city streets on Christmas morning, where (for the weather was severe) the people made a rough, but brisk and not unpleasant kind of music, in scraping the snow from the pavement in front of their dwellings, and from the tops of their houses, whence it was mad delight to the boys to see it come plumping down into the road below, and splitting into artificial little snow-storms.

severe - severo, grave, austero

rough - aspero; áspero, aproximado, aproximativo, casi, turbulento

brisk - brioso, enérgico, vital, vigorizante, brusco

unpleasant - desagradable, desapacible

dwellings - vivienda

tops - tops; cima, parte superior, parte de más arriba, cabecera, tapa

mad - loco, trastornado, zumbado, enfadado, enojado

plumping - relleno, regordete, rechoncho

splitting - División; (split); fisura, escisión, partir, dividir, escindir

artificial - artificial

snow-storms - (snow-storms) tormentas de nieve

The house-fronts looked black enough, and the windows blacker, contrasting with the smooth white sheet of snow upon the roofs, and with the dirtier snow upon the ground; which last deposit had been ploughed up in deep furrows by the heavy wheels of carts and waggons; furrows that crossed and recrossed each other hundreds of times where the great streets branched off; and made intricate channels, hard to trace, in the thick yellow mud and icy water. The sky was gloomy, and the shortest streets were choked up with a dingy mist, half thawed, half frozen, whose heavier particles descended in a shower of sooty atoms, as if all the chimneys in Great Britain had, by one consent, caught fire, and were blazing away to their dear hearts'content.

contrasting with - contrastar con

sheet - hoja, folio, pliego, lámina, capa, escota

roofs - echos; techo

deposit - depósito, empeno, depositar

ploughed up - arar

furrows - surcos; surco, arruga, surcar, acanalar, fruncir

waggons - Vagón

recrossed - Recruzar

branched off - ramificado, dividido

intricate - intrincado, complejo

channels - canales; canal

trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

thick - gruesa; grueso, espeso

mud - barro, lodo

icy - helado, hielo

sky - cielo

gloomy - lúgubre; lóbrego, sombrío

choked - ahogado; ahogar, asfixiar

heavier - más pesado; pesado

particles - partículas; partícula

descended - descendió; descender, bajar

sooty - hollín; fuliginoso, tiznado, hollinoso, holliniento

atoms - tomos; átomo

chimneys - chimeneas; chimenea, tubo

Great Britain - Gran Bretana

caught - atrapado; pega, traba, truco, cuestión

blazing - ardiendo; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

There was nothing very cheerful in the climate or the town, and yet was there an air of cheerfulness abroad that the clearest summer air and brightest summer sun might have endeavoured to diffuse in vain.[55]

climate - clima

cheerfulness - alegría

clearest - más claro; transparente, claro, despejado, libre

brightest - ás brillante; luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

diffuse - difuso; difundir(se)

vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo

For, the people who were shovelling away on the housetops were jovial and full of glee; calling out to one another from the parapets, and now and then exchanging a facetious snowball-better-natured missile far than many a wordy jest-laughing heartily if it went right, and not less heartily if it went wrong. The poulterers'shops were still half open, and the fruiterers'were radiant in their glory. There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence. There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars, and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by, and glanced demurely at the hung-up mistletoe. There were pears and apples clustered high in blooming pyramids; there were bunches of grapes, made, in the shopkeepers'benevolence, to dangle from conspicuous hooks that people's mouths might water gratis as they passed; there were piles of filberts, mossy and brown, recalling, in their fragrance, ancient walks among the woods, and pleasant shufflings ankle deep through withered leaves; there were Norfolk Biffins, squab and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons, and, in the great compactness of their juicy persons, urgently entreating and beseeching to be carried home in paper bags, and eaten after dinner.

shovelling - palear; (shovel); pala, traspalar, palear

housetops - Cubierta

calling out - llamando a gritos

parapets - parapetos; parapeto

exchanging - intercambiando; cambiar

snowball - bola de nieve

natured - naturaleza, natura

missile - proyectil, misil

many a - mucho(s)

jest - bromea; broma

half open - medio abierto

fruiterers - fruteros; frutero, frutera, verdulero, verdulera

radiant - radiante, punto radiante

glory - gloria

bellied - barriga, panza, vientre, guata

shaped - con forma; forma, estado, modelar, formar

waistcoats - chalecos; chaleco, chalequillo

lolling - acostarse; recostarse, arrellanarse, repanchingarse

tumbling - Dar volteretas; (tumble); caída, caer, revolverse

apoplectic - apopléjico, apoplético

opulence - opulencia

girthed - cinturón; cincha, circunferencia, cintura

Spanish - espanol; espanol, castellano, espanol, castellano, hispano

shining - brillante; espinilla

fatness - Gordura

growth - crecimiento

friars - frailes; fraile

shelves - estanterías; estante, balda, anaquel, entrepano, estantería

wanton - gracioso; indisciplinado, desenfadado, juguetón, lascivo

slyness - Astucia

demurely - con recato

clustered - agrupados; amontonamiento, agrupamiento, aglomeración, racimo

blooming - floreciendo; flor

pyramids - pirámides; pirámide

bunches of grapes - Racimos de uvas

shopkeepers - comerciantes; comerciante, tendero, tendera

dangle - colgar; pender

conspicuous - conspicuo, llamativo, ilustre, notorio

hooks - ganchos; gancho, garfio, enganchar

piles - pilas; montón, pila

recalling - recordando; recordar, evocar, retirada

fragrance - fragancia, aroma

woods - bosques; madera

shufflings - barajando

squab - pichón, palomino

swarthy - Moreno

setting off - marcharse, salir, emprender; activar

lemons - limones; limón, citrón, limonero, limón

compactness - compacidad

urgently - con urgencia; urgentemente, de ahora para ahorita

Entreating - interesante; rogar, suplicar, invitar, compartir, negociar

beseeching - suplicando; (beseech); rogar, implorar, suplicar

The very gold and silver fish, set forth among these choice fruits in a bowl, though members of a dull and stagnant-blooded race, appeared to know that there was something going on; and, to a fish, went gasping round and round their little world in slow and passionless excitement.

set forth - salir de viaje; exponer; explicar

choice - selección, decisión, opción, exquisito

bowl - bola

stagnant - estancada; estancado, atascado

blooded - de sangre; ensangrentar

gasping - Jadeando; (gasp); jadear, bocanada, calada

The Grocers'! oh, the Grocers'! nearly closed, with perhaps two shutters down, or one; but through those gaps such glimpses!

gaps - agunas; hueco, espacio, vacío; brecha

glimpses - atisbos; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

It was not alone that the scales descending on the counter made a merry sound, or that the twine and roller parted company so briskly, or that the canisters were rattled up and[56] down like juggling tricks, or even that the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose, or even that the raisins were so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the sticks of cinnamon so long and straight, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers-on feel faint, and subsequently bilious. Nor was it that the figs were moist and pulpy, or that the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly-decorated boxes, or that everything was good to eat and in its Christmas dress; but the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, crashing their wicker baskets wildly, and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes, in the best humour possible; while the Grocer and his people were so frank and fresh, that the polished hearts with which they fastened their aprons behind might have been their own, worn outside for general inspection, and for Christmas daws to peck at if they chose.

scales - escalas; escala

twine - torzal; bramante

roller - rodillo, carraca

canisters - latas; lata

rattled - molesto; hacer sonar, hacer vibrar

juggling - malabares; (juggle); hacer malabarismos, malabarear

tricks - trucos; truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

blended - mezclado; mezcla, mezclar, combinar

scents - esencias; olor, esencia, olfato, fragancia, oler

grateful - agradecido, complacido

raisins - pasas; pasa

plentiful - abundante

rare - raro, poco común

almonds - almendras; almendra, almendro

sticks - bastones; clavar

cinnamon - canelo, canela, color canela

spices - especias; especia

candied - caramelizada; dulce, bombón

spotted - manchado; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje

molten - fundido; derretido, incandescente; (melt); material fundido

feel faint - sentirse débil

bilious - bilioso, biliar, biliario, atrabiliario, atrabilioso

figs - higos; higo

moist - húmedo

pulpy - pulposo, folletinesco

French - francés, franceses

plums - ciruelas; ciruela

blushed - se sonrojó; sonrojo, rubor

modest - modesto, humilde, pequeno, moderado; (mod); modesto, humilde

tartness - amargura; ácido, sinsabor, agudo

highly - altamente

decorated - decorado; decorar

hurried - con prisas; prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

hopeful - esperanzado, esperanzador

tumbled - tumbado; caída, caer, revolverse

crashing - chocando; estruendo, estrépito

wicker - mimbre

wildly - alocadamente, salvajemente

purchases - compras; compra, adquisición, comprar

fetch - ir por, ir a buscar, traer

committed - comprometido; encomendar, cometer

grocer - almacén; abacero, abacera, abarrotero

frank - franco

polished - pulido; polaco, polonés, polaco

aprons - delantales; delantal, mandil

general - general, general

inspection - inspección

peck - picotear

But soon the steeples called good people all to church and chapel, and away they came, flocking through the streets in their best clothes, and with their gayest faces. And at the same time there emerged, from scores of by-streets, lanes, and nameless turnings, innumerable people, carrying their dinners to the bakers'shops. The sight of these poor revellers appeared to interest the Spirit very much, for he stood with Scrooge beside him in a baker's doorway, and, taking off the covers as their bearers passed, sprinkled incense on their dinners from his torch.

steeples - campanarios; campanario

chapel - capilla

flocking - Rebano; (floc) Rebano

gayest - más gay; gay, homosexual

emerged - surgió; emerger, aparecer, surgir, aparecer, aflorar

scores - puntuaciones; tantos

lanes - carriles; camino, carril

nameless - innominado, sin nombre

turnings - vueltas; bocacalle

innumerable - innumerables; innumerable, incontable

Bakers - panaderos; panadero, panadera

revellers - juerguistas; juerguista

doorway - puerta; entrada

covers - cubiertas; tapa, cubierta, escondrijo, guarida, tapa

bearers - portadores; portador, portadora

sprinkled - rociado; salpicar, rociar, asperjar, espolvorear

incense - incienso, sahumerio, sahumo

And it was a very uncommon kind of torch, for once or twice, when there were angry words between some dinner-carriers who had jostled each other, he shed a few drops of water on them from it, and their good-humour was restored directly. For they said, it was a shame to quarrel upon Christmas-day. And so it was! God love it, so it was![57]

carriers - transportistas; transportista, companía de transportes

jostled - empujado; codear, empujar

drops - gotas; gota

directly - directamente, en derechura

shame - vergüenza, pena

Christmas-Day - (Christmas-Day) El día de Navidad

In time the bells ceased, and the bakers were shut up; and yet there was a genial shadowing forth of all these dinners, and the progress of their cooking, in the thawed blotch of wet above each baker's oven; where the pavement smoked as if its stones were cooking too.

progress - progreso

blotch - mancha

wet - húmedo, mojado, húmeda, mojada, mojar, mearse, orinarse, mojarse

"Is there a peculiar flavour in what you sprinkle from your torch?" asked Scrooge.

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

flavour - sabor

sprinkle - salpicar, rociar, asperjar, espolvorear

"There is. My own."

"Would it apply to any kind of dinner on this day?" asked Scrooge.

"To any kindly given. To a poor one most."

"Why to a poor one most?" asked Scrooge.

"Because it needs it most."

"Spirit!" said Scrooge after a moment's thought. "I wonder you, of all the beings in the many worlds about us, should desire to cramp these people's opportunities of innocent enjoyment."

cramp - calambre, rampa, acalambrarse, coartar, inmovilizar

innocent - inocente

enjoyment - disfrutar; disfrute, gozo, regocijo, holganza

"I!" cried the Spirit.

"You would deprive them of their means of dining every seventh day, often the only day on which they can be said to dine at all," said Scrooge; "wouldn't you?"

deprive - desproveer, privar

dining - cenar; jaleo

seventh - séptimo

"I!" cried the Spirit.

"You seek to close these places on the Seventh Day," said Scrooge. "And it comes to the same thing."

"I seek!" exclaimed the Spirit.

"Forgive me if I am wrong. It has been done in your name, or at least in that of your family," said Scrooge.

forgive - perdonar, disculpar

"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us, and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."

claim - reclamación, declaración, proposición, afirmación, concesión

pride - orgullo, soberbia, cachondez, toriondez, verriondez, manada

hatred - odio

envy - envidia, pelusa, envidiar

bigotry - fanatismo; discriminación

selfishness - egoísmo

kin - familia, parientes

doings - Haciendo

Scrooge promised that he would; and they went on, invisible,[58] as they had been before, into the suburbs of the town.

suburbs - suburbios; afueras, arrabal, suburbio, extrarradio

It was a remarkable quality of the Ghost (which Scrooge had observed at the baker's), that, notwithstanding his gigantic size, he could accommodate himself to any place with ease; and that he stood beneath a low roof quite as gracefully and like a supernatural creature as it was possible he could have done in any lofty hall.

remarkable - notable, remarcable, destacable

gigantic - gigante, gigantesco

size - tamano, magnitud

accommodate - acomodarse; acomodar, acoger, albergar, satisfacer, adaptar

place with - Lugar con; colocar con

ease - facilidad; aliviar

And perhaps it was the pleasure the good Spirit had in showing off this power of his, or else it was his own kind, generous, hearty nature, and his sympathy with all poor men, that led him straight to Scrooge's clerk's; for there he went, and took Scrooge with him, holding to his robe; and, on the threshold of the door, the Spirit smiled, and stopped to bless Bob Cratchit's dwelling with the sprinklings of his torch.

showing off - presumir; resaltar

hearty - corazonoso; carinoso, de corazón, cordial, corpulento, nutritivo

threshold - umbral, entrada, límite

Bob - Beto

dwelling - vivienda; (dwell); habitar, morar

sprinklings - Rociando

Think of that! Bob had but fifteen "Bob" a week himself; he pocketed on Saturdays but fifteen copies of his Christian name; and yet the Ghost of Christmas Present blessed his four-roomed house!

pocketed - mbolsado; bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

on Saturdays - los sábados

copies - copias; copia, ejemplar, copiar, imitar, recibir

Christian name - Nombre de pila

Then up rose Mrs. Cratchit, Cratchit's wife, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap, and make a goodly show for sixpence; and she laid the cloth, assisted by Belinda Cratchit, second of her daughters, also brave in ribbons; while Master Peter Cratchit plunged a fork into the saucepan of potatoes, and, getting the corners of his monstrous shirt collar (Bob's private property, conferred upon his son and heir in honour of the day) into his mouth, rejoiced to find himself so gallantly attired, and yearned to show his linen in the fashionable Parks.

Brave - valiente, valeroso, corajudo

ribbons - cintas; cinta, mono, lazo, galón

goodly - Bueno

sixpence - seis peniques; Moneda de 6 Peniques

laid - tirado; poner, colocar

cloth - tela, pedazo de tela, trozo de tela, trapo, pano, facha

assisted - asistida; ayudar, asistir

Peter - Pedro, Pedro

fork - horquilla; tenedor

corners - esquinas; ángulo, checkrincón, esquina, acorralar, girar, virar

collar - cuello, collar, yugo

private - privado, privado

property - propiedad, posesión, inmueble, bien

conferred - conferido; conferir, debatir, consultar

son and heir - hijo y heredero

gallantly - con gallardía

Attired - vestido; atuendo, atavío, ataviar

yearned - anorado; anhelar

linen - lino, linge, ropa blanca, linocros

fashionable - a la moda, de moda

And now two smaller Cratchits, boy and girl, came tearing in, screaming that outside the baker's they had smelt the goose, and known it for their own; and, basking in luxurious thoughts of sage and onion, these young Cratchits danced about the table, and exalted Master Peter Cratchit to the skies, while he (not proud, although his collars nearly choked him) blew the fire, until the slow potatoes, bubbling up, knocked loudly at the saucepan lid to be let out and peeled.[59]

tearing - desgarro; lágrima

screaming - gritando; grito, gritar

smelt - olfato; fundir; (smell); olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

goose - ganso

luxurious - lujoso

sage - sabio; salvia

exalted - exaltado; exaltar

skies - cielos; cielo

proud - orgulloso

collars - collares; cuello, collar, yugo

bubbling - burbujeo; burbuja, pompa, burbujear

lid - tapa

let out - dejar salir, soltar, liberar

peeled - pelado; pelar

"What has ever got your precious father, then?" said Mrs. Cratchit. "And your brother, Tiny Tim? And Martha warn't as late last Christmas-day by half an hour!"

"Here's Martha, mother!" said a girl, appearing as she spoke.

appearing - apareciendo; aparecer, comparecer

"Here's Martha, mother!" cried the two young Cratchits. "Hurrah! There's such a goose, Martha!"

Hurrah - hurra

"Why, bless your heart alive, my dear, how late you are!" said Mrs. Cratchit, kissing her a dozen times, and taking off her shawl and bonnet for her with officious zeal.

shawl - un chal; chal, panolón

bonnet - capucha, gorra, cofia, capota, capó

officious - entrometido, inoportuno, oficioso

zeal - ahínco, fervor, celo, entusiasmo

"We'd a deal of work to finish up last night," replied the girl, "and had to clear away this morning, mother!"

"Well! never mind so long as you are come," said Mrs. Cratchit. "Sit ye down before the fire, my dear, and have a warm, Lord bless ye!"

ye - sí; vos

Lord - senor; castellano, senor

"No, no! There's father coming," cried the two young Cratchits, who were everywhere at once. "Hide, Martha, hide!"

everywhere - en todas partes; todos lados, todo lugar, por todas partes

So Martha hid herself, and in came little Bob, the father, with at least three feet of comforter, exclusive of the fringe, hanging down before him; and his threadbare clothes darned up and brushed to look seasonable; and Tiny Tim upon his shoulder. Alas for Tiny Tim, he bore a little crutch, and had his limbs supported by an iron frame!

hid - Se escondió; (hide) Se escondió

exclusive - exclusivo, panish: t-needed

fringe - flecos; orla, extremista, radical, periferia, marginal, orlar

threadbare - deshilachado; raído

darned - Maldito; (darn) Maldito

brushed - pincel, cepillo, escobilla, brocha, cepillado, matorral

seasonable - Estacional

Alas - !ay!; (ala) !ay!

crutch - muleta, apoyo, soporte

limbs - miembros; miembro

supported - con apoyo; aguantar, sostener

frame - arco; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

"Why, where's our Martha?" cried Bob Cratchit, looking round.

"Not coming," said Mrs. Cratchit.

"Not coming!" said Bob with a sudden declension in his high spirits; for he had been Tim's blood horse all the way from church, and had come home rampant. "Not coming upon Christmas-day!"

declension - declinación, declinación

high spirits - buen ánimo, entusiasmo

rampant - desbocada; desenfrenado, galopante

Martha didn't like to see him disappointed, if it were only in joke; so she came out prematurely from behind the closet door, and ran into his arms, while the two young Cratchits[60] hustled Tiny Tim, and bore him off into the wash-house, that he might hear the pudding singing in the copper.

disappointed - decepcionado; decepcionar, desilusionar, defraudar, quedar mal

prematurely - antes de tiempo; prematuramente

hustled - presionado; darse prisa, apurarse, enganar, engrupir

copper - cobre

"And how did little Tim behave?" asked Mrs. Cratchit when she had rallied Bob on his credulity, and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content.

behave - comportarse

rallied - reunidos; reagrupar

credulity - Credulidad

hugged - abrazado; abrazo, abrazar

"As good as gold," said Bob, "and better. Somehow, he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas-day who made lame beggars walk and blind men see."

cripple - lisiado, lisiado, lisiada

lame - cojo

Bob's voice was tremulous when he told them this, and trembled more when he said that Tiny Tim was growing strong and hearty.

Such a bustle ensued that you might have thought a goose the rarest of all birds; a feathered phenomenon, to which a black swan was a matter of course-and, in truth, it was something very like it in that house. Mrs. Cratchit made the gravy (ready beforehand in a little saucepan) hissing hot; Master Peter mashed the potatoes with incredible vigour; Miss Belinda sweetened up the apple sauce; Martha dusted the hot plates; Bob took Tiny Tim beside him in a tiny corner at the table; the two young Cratchits set chairs for everybody, not forgetting themselves, and, mounting guard upon their posts, crammed[61] spoons into their mouths, lest they should shriek for goose before their turn came to be helped.

bustle - tiempo; polisón, abundar

rarest - el más raro; raro, poco común

feathered - plumas; pluma

black swan - Cisne negro

in truth - en verdad

beforehand - de antemano, anticipadamente, adelantadamente, antes

mashed - puré; triturar, machacar

vigour - vigor, vivacidad, vigor, lozanía, fuerza, energía

sweetened - azucarado; azucarar, edulcorar, endulzar

sauce - salsa

dusted - desempolvado; polvo, desempolvar, limpiar el polvo, espolvorear

plates - placas; plato

mounting - Montaje; (mount) Montaje

spoons - cucharas; cuchara

shriek - gritar; alarido, chillido, chillar

At last the dishes were set on, and grace was said. It was succeeded by a breathless pause, as Mrs. Cratchit, looking slowly all along the carving-knife, prepared to plunge it in the breast; but when she did, and when the long-expected gush of stuffing issued forth, one murmur of delight arose all round the board, and even Tiny Tim, excited by the two young Cratchits, beat on the table with the handle of his knife, and feebly cried Hurrah!

grace - gracias, benedícite, gracia, donaire, merced

breathless - jadeante, sin aliento

carving-knife - (carving-knife) Cuchillo de trinchar

plunge - saltar; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

gush - manar, salir a borbotones, brotar, hacer efusión

stuffing - relleno; (stuff); cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia

issued - emitido; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

murmur - murmullo; soplo, murmurar

arose - surgió; surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

beat - batir, golpear, percutir

handle - manejar; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

feebly - Tímidamente

There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of a bone upon the dish), they hadn't ate it all at last!

tenderness - ternura

cheapness - barato; baratura

themes - temas; tema, thema

universal - universal

admiration - admiración

Eked - eked; hacer alcanzar, racionar

mashed potatoes - Puré de patatas

sufficient - suficiente

surveying - exploración; geodesia; (survey); sondeo, encuesta, supervisión

atom - átomo

bone - hueso

Yet every one had had enough, and the youngest Cratchits, in particular, were steeped in sage and onion to the eyebrows! But now, the plates being changed by Miss Belinda, Mrs. Cratchit left the room alone-too nervous to bear witnesses-to take the pudding up, and bring it in.

steeped - mpapado; empinado

witnesses - testigos; testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar

Suppose it should not be done enough! Suppose it should break in turning out! Suppose somebody should have got over the wall of the back-yard and stolen it, while they were merry with the goose-a supposition at which the two young Cratchits became livid! All sorts of horrors were supposed.

break in - forzar la puerta; interrumpir

stolen - robado; robar, hurtar, robo

sorts - clases; clase, tipo, género

horrors - horrores; horror

supposed - se supone; suponer

Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth.

Hallo - hola

Steam - vapor

smell - olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that! That was the pudding! In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered-flushed, but smiling proudly-with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.[62]

eating-house - (eating-house) restaurante; comedor

pastrycook - Pastelero

laundress - Lavandera

smiling - sonriendo; sonriente; (smile); sonrisa, sonreír

proudly - orgulloso; fieramente, orgullosamente

cannon-ball - (cannon-ball) bola de canón

quartern - Cuartel

ignited - encendido; encender, incendiar

brandy - brandy, conac

bedight - Light

Oh, a wonderful pudding! Bob Cratchit said, and calmly too, that he regarded it as the greatest success achieved by Mrs. Cratchit since their marriage. Mrs. Cratchit said that, now the weight was off her mind, she would confess she had her doubts about the quantity of flour. Everybody had something to say about it, but nobody said or thought it was at all a small pudding for a large family. It would have been flat heresy to do so.

calmly - con calma; tranquilamente

regarded - considerado; considerar

achieved - conseguido; conseguir, lograr, realizar

marriage - matrimonio, boda, casamiento, unión

doubts - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

flour - harina, enharinar

heresy - herejía

Any Cratchit would have blushed to hint at such a thing.

hint at - Insinuar, sugerir, dar a entender

At last the dinner was all done, the cloth was cleared, the hearth swept, and the fire made up. The compound in the jug being tasted, and considered perfect, apples and oranges were put upon the table, and a shovel full of chestnuts on the fire.

cleared - transparente, claro, despejado, libre

compound - compuesto

jug - jarro, jarra

considered - onsiderado; considerar, barajar, sopesar, observar

Then all the Cratchit family drew round the hearth in what Bob Cratchit called a circle, meaning half a one; and at Bob Cratchit's elbow stood the family display of glass. Two tumblers and a custard cup without a handle.

circle - círculo, circunferencia, esfera, curva, grupo, tertulia

display - mostrar; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor

tumblers - vasos; seguro, vaso de lados rectos, tumbler, volatinero

custard - natillas; crema pastelera, natilla

These held the hot stuff from the jug, however, as well as golden goblets would have done; and Bob served it out with beaming looks, while the chestnuts on the fire sputtered and cracked noisily. Then Bob proposed:

stuff - cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia, atiborrar, rellenar

goblets - copas; copa, cáliz

served - servido; servicio, servir, desempenar, fungir, operar, cernir

noisily - ruidosamente

proposed - propuesta; proponer, pedir la mano, pedir matrimonio

"A merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!"

Which all the family re-echoed.

"God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.

last of all - el último de todos; por último

He sat very close to his father's side, upon his little stool. Bob held his withered little hand in his, as if he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side, and dreaded that he might be taken from him.

dreaded - temido; temer, pavor, temor

"Spirit," said Scrooge with an interest he had never felt before, "tell me if Tiny Tim will live."

"I see a vacant seat," replied the Ghost, "in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die."[63]

vacant - vacío; vacante

seat - asiento, seato, sede

carefully - con cuidado; cuidadosamente, a conciencia, minuciosamente

preserved - conservado; mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno

remain - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

unaltered - sin alterar; inalterado

"No, no," said Scrooge. "Oh, no, kind Spirit! say he will be spared."

be spared - ahorrarse

"If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race," returned the Ghost, "will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.

quoted - citado; cita, comillas, presupuesto, cotización, citar, cotizar

penitence - penitencia

"Man," said the Ghost, "if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be that, in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child.

adamant - constante; firme, categórico, inflexible, impenetrable

forbear - soportar

wicked - malvado, cruel, insoportable; (wick) malvado, cruel

cant - no puedes; hipocresía

discovered - descubierto; descubrir, destapar

worthless - sin valor

poor man - Pobre hombre

Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!"

insect - insecto, bicho

leaf - hoja, tablero

pronouncing - pronunciando; pronunciar

dust - polvo, desempolvar, limpiar el polvo, espolvorear

Scrooge bent before the Ghost's rebuke, and, trembling, cast his eyes upon the ground. But he raised them speedily on hearing his own name.

bent - Doblado; (bend); doblar, curvar, doblarse, agacharse

rebuke - reprender; reproche, reprensión, reprimenda, reprobación

cast - moldear, elenco, castear, sondar, sondear, lanzar, lanzamiento

speedily - rápidamente

"Mr. Scrooge!" said Bob. "I'll give you Mr. Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast!"

founder - Fundador

feast - fiesta; banquete, festín

"The Founder of the Feast, indeed!" cried Mrs. Cratchit, reddening. "I wish I had him here. I'd give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he'd have a good appetite for it."

reddening - enrojecimiento; enrojecer

appetite - apetito, deseo, ganas

"My dear," said Bob, "the children! Christmas-day."

"It should be Christmas-day, I am sure," said she, "on which one drinks the health of such an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man as Mr. Scrooge. You know he is, Robert! Nobody knows it better than you do, poor fellow!"

odious - odioso

stingy - mezquino, tacano, parco, escaso

unfeeling - insensible, inconmovible, impasible, desalmado

Robert - Roberto

"My dear!" was Bob's mild answer. "Christmas-day."

mild - suave, leve, cálido

"I'll drink his health for your sake and the Day's," said Mrs. Cratchit, "not for his. Long life to him! A merry Christmas and a happy New Year! He'll be very merry and very happy, I have no doubt!"[64]

The children drank the toast after her. It was the first of their proceedings which had no heartiness in it. Tiny Tim drank it last of all, but he didn't care twopence for it. Scrooge was the Ogre of the family. The mention of his name cast a dark shadow on the party, which was not dispelled for full five minutes.

toast - tostadas; tostar

heartiness - Corazón

Twopence - Dos peniques

ogre - ogro

dispelled - disipado; disipar, dispersar

After it had passed away they were ten times merrier than before, from the mere relief of Scrooge the Baleful being done with. Bob Cratchit told them how he had a situation in his eye for Master Peter, which would bring in, if obtained, full five-and-sixpence weekly. The two young Cratchits laughed tremendously at the idea of Peter's being a man of business; and Peter himself looked thoughtfully at the fire from between his collars, as if he were deliberating what particular investments he should favour when he came into the receipt of that bewildering income. Martha, who was a poor apprentice at a milliner's, then told them what kind of work she had to do, and how many hours she worked at a stretch, and how she meant to lie abed to-morrow morning for a good long rest; to-morrow being a holiday she passed at home.

merrier - mejor; alegre

baleful - funesto, torvo

obtained - obtenido; obtener, coger

weekly - semanalmente, cada semana, todas las semanas, semanario

tremendously - remendamente

deliberating - deliberando; deliberado, a propósito, prudente, deliberar

investments - inversiones; inversión, cerco, panish: t-needed

favour - favorecer; favor

receipt - recepción, recibo, resguardo, ticket, tíquet, receta

bewildering - esconcertante; confundir, desconcertar

income - ingresos, renta

apprentice - aprendiz, panish: colocar de aprendiz

milliner - ombrerero

at a stretch - sin parar, de una sentada

abed - en cama, acostado

Also how she had seen a countess and a lord some days before, and how the lord "was much about as tall as Peter"; at which Peter pulled up his collars so high, that you couldn't have seen his head if you had been there. All this time the chestnuts and the jug went round and round; and by-and-by they had a song, about a lost child travelling in the snow, from Tiny Tim, who had a plaintive little voice, and sang it very well indeed.

Countess - condesa

by-and-by - (by-and-by) en un rato

plaintive - planidera; morrinoso, melancólico, triste, nostálgico

There was nothing of high mark in this. They were not a handsome family; they were not well dressed; their shoes were far from being waterproof; their clothes were scanty; and Peter might have known, and very likely did, the inside of a pawn-broker's.

waterproof - impermeable, impermeabilizar

scanty - escaso, exiguo

Likely - Es probable

Pawn - peón; empenar

broker - corredor/agente de bolsa

But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time; and when they faded, and looked happier yet in the bright sprinklings of the Spirit's[65] torch at parting, Scrooge had his eye upon them, and especially on Tiny Tim, until the last.

contented with - contento con

faded - desvanecido; moda, moda pasajera

By this time it was getting dark, and snowing pretty heavily; and as Scrooge and the Spirit went along the streets, the brightness of the roaring fires in kitchens, parlours, and all sorts of rooms was wonderful. Here, the flickering of the blaze showed preparations for a cosy dinner, with hot plates baking through and through before the fire, and deep red curtains, ready to be drawn to shut out cold and darkness. There, all the children of the house were running out into the snow to meet their married sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, and be the first to greet them.

parlours - alones; salón

flickering - parpadeo; vacilar

preparations - preparativos; preparación

cosy - acogedor, hogareno, cubierta tejida

baking - hornear; panpasteleo; (bake); hornear, enhornar

Here, again, were shadows on the window blinds of guests assembling; and there a group of handsome girls, all hooded and fur-booted, and all chattering at once, tripped lightly off to some near neighbour's house; where, woe upon the single man who saw them enter-artful witches, well they knew it-in a glow!

blinds - persianas; ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego

guests - invitados; huésped, visita, visitante, convidado

assembling - montando; ensamblar, construir, montar, reunir, juntar

hooded - con capucha; capucha

single - solo, único, soltero, sencillo, soltero, soltera

witches - brujas; bruja

But, if you had judged from the numbers of people on their way to friendly gatherings, you might have thought that no one was at home to give them welcome when they got there, instead of every house expecting company, and piling up its fires half-chimney high. Blessings on it, how the Ghost exulted! How it bared its breadth of breast, and opened its capacious palm, and floated on, outpouring, with a generous hand, its bright and harmless mirth on everything within its reach!

judged - juzgado; juzgar

gatherings - reunión

piling up - amontonar, apilar, acumular

blessings - bendiciones; bendición

exulted - exultante; exultar

bared - desnudo; barra; tableta; barrote, reja

palm - palma

outpouring - una avalancha; efusión

harmless - inocuo, inofensivo

mirth - felicidad, alegría, júbilo

reach - llegar (a)

The very lamp-lighter, who ran on before, dotting the dusky street with specks of light, and who was dressed to spend the evening somewhere, laughed out loudly as the Spirit passed, though little kenned the lamp-lighter that he had any company but Christmas.

dusky - Oscuro

specks - motas; manchita

somewhere - en alguna parte, en algún lugar, en algún sitio, a alguna parte

"What place is this?" asked Scrooge.

"A place where Miners live, who labour in the bowels of the earth," returned the Spirit. "But they know me. See!"

miners - mineros; minero

A light shone from the window of a hut, and swiftly they advanced towards it. passing through the wall of mud and stone, they found a cheerful company assembled round a glowing fire. An old, old man and woman, with their children and their children's children, and another generation beyond that, all decked out gaily in their holiday attire. The old man, in a voice that seldom rose above the howling of the wind upon the barren waste, was singing them a Christmas song; it had been a very old song when he was a boy; and from time to time they all joined in the chorus.

hut - cabana

Swiftly - rápido; rápidamente

advanced - avanzado; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

passing through - pasar por, atravesar

stone - piedra, roca, gema, piedra preciosa, hueso, cálculo, lapidar

assembled - montado; ensamblar, construir, montar, reunir, juntar

generation - generación, generación, linaje

decked - engalanado; cubierta

attire - atuendo, atavío, ataviar

seldom - raramente, rara vez

howling - aullando; (howl); aullido, aullar, ganir

barren - yermo; estéril, infértil

waste - residuos; desperdiciar, malgastar

chorus - coro, estribillo, corear

So surely as they raised their voices, the old man got quite blithe and loud; and, so surely as they stopped, his vigour sank again.

blithe - descuidado, indiferente, alegre, feliz

loud - en voz alta; alto

The Spirit did not tarry here, but bade Scrooge hold his robe, and, passing on above the moor, sped whither? Not to sea? To sea. To Scrooge's horror, looking back, he saw the last of the land, a frightful range of rocks, behind them; and his ears were deafened by the thundering of water, as it rolled and roared, and raged among the dreadful caverns it had worn, and fiercely tried to undermine the earth.

tarry - tardar

passing on - pasar; fallecer; rechazar

moor - páramos; páramo

sped - sped; velocidad

whither - ?adónde?

rocks - rocas; roca

deafened - sordo; ensordecer

thundering - Trueno; (thunder); trueno, estruendo, fragor, tronar

rolled - rodando; rollo

raged - enfurecido; rabia, furor

caverns - cavernas; caverna

fiercely - con fiereza; fieramente

undermine - socavar, desvirtuar

Built upon a dismal reef of sunken rocks, some league or so from shore, on which the waters chafed and dashed, the wild year through, there stood a solitary lighthouse. Great heaps of seaweed clung to its base, and storm-birds-born of the wind, one might suppose, as seaweed of the water-rose and fell about it, like the waves they skimmed.

reef - arrecife

League - liga

shore - oribera; costa, playa

chafed - raspado; calor friccional, escocimiento, irritación, cocedura

dashed - dashed; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

lighthouse - faro

heaps - montones; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

seaweed - algas

clung to - Aferrarse a

storm - tormenta

skimmed - desnatada; sobrevolar rozando, rebotar, hojear, leer por encima

But, even here, two men who watched the light had made a[67] fire that through the loophole in the thick stone wall shed out a ray of brightness on the awful sea.

loophole - aguna jurídica; arquera, aspillera, ballestera, lancera

ray - rayo

Joining their horny hands over the rough table at which they sat, they wished each other Merry Christmas in their can of grog; and one of them, the elder too, with his face all damaged and scarred with hard weather, as the figure-head of an old ship might be, struck up a sturdy song that was like a gale in itself.

horny - córneo, jodontón, cachondo, caliente, arrecho

hands over - se entrega

grog - grog

damaged - danado; dano

scarred - con cicatrices; cicatriz

ship - barco, buque, navío, embarcación

sturdy - recio, sólido, robusto, fuerte

gale - revuelo; vendaval, galerna

Again the Ghost sped on, above the black and heaving sea-on, on-until, being far away, as he told Scrooge, from any shore, they lighted on a ship.

heaving - Agitado; (heave); ondular

They stood beside the helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch; dark, ghostly figures in their several stations; but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune, or had a Christmas thought, or spoke below his breath to his companion of some bygone Christmas-day, with homeward hopes belonging to it. And every man on board, waking or sleeping, good or bad, had had a kinder word for one another on that day than on any day in the year; and had shared to some extent in its festivities; and had remembered those he cared for at a distance, and had known that they delighted to remember him.

helmsman - timonel

wheel - rueda, pez gordo, llanta, rodar, circunvolar, volar en círculos

officers - oficiales; oficial

hummed - tarareó; tararear, canturrear

tune - melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

companion - companero; companero, companera

homeward - hacia casa

belonging - Pertenencia; (belong) Pertenencia

extent - en qué medida; extensión

festivities - festejos; festividad

cared for - cuidado

delighted - encantado; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

It was a great surprise to Scrooge, while listening to the moaning of the wind, and thinking what a solemn thing it was to move on through the lonely darkness over an unknown abyss, whose depths were secrets as profound as death: it was a great surprise to Scrooge, while thus engaged, to hear a hearty laugh.

solemn - solemne

an unknown - un desconocido

abyss - abismo, sima

depths - profundidades; profundidad

secrets - secretos; secreto, arcano

profound - profundo

engaged - comprometido; atraer, trabar conversación con, trabar batalla

It was a much greater surprise to Scrooge to recognise it as his own nephew's, and to find himself in a bright, dry, gleaming room, with the Spirit standing smiling by his side, and looking at that same nephew with approving affability!

recognise - Reconoces

approving - aprobando; aprobar; tener un buen concepto de

affability - afabilidad

"Ha, ha!" laughed Scrooge's nephew. "Ha, ha, ha!"

ha - Ja

If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blessed in a laugh than Scrooge's nephew, all I can say is, I should like to know him too. Introduce him to me, and I'll cultivate his acquaintance.[68]

unlikely - poco probable; improbable, improbablemente

cultivate - cultivar

acquaintance - conocido; amistad, conocimiento, junta, relación

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that, while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour. When Scrooge's nephew laughed in this way, holding his sides, rolling his head, and twisting his face into the most extravagant contortions, Scrooge's niece, by marriage, laughed as heartily as he.

noble - noble

adjustment - ajuste, modificación

infection - infección, infección

disease - enfermedad, dolencia

sorrow - pena; tristeza, aflicción, infelicidad, pesar

irresistibly - irresistiblemente

contagious - contagioso, infeccioso, contagiante

laughter - risas; risa, risa

sides - lados; lado

twisting - Torciendo; (twist); torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

extravagant - extravagante

contortions - ontorsiones; contorsión

niece - sobrina

And their assembled friends, being not a bit behindhand, roared out lustily.

behindhand - Atrás

lustily - Lujuriosamente

"Ha, ha! Ha, ha, ha, ha!"

"He said that Christmas was a humbug, as I live!" cried Scrooge's nephew. "He believed it, too!"

"More shame for him, Fred!" said Scrooge's niece indignantly. Bless those women! they never do anything by halves. They are always in earnest.

earnest - en serio; serio; (earn) en serio; serio

She was very pretty; exceedingly pretty.

With a dimpled, surprised-looking, capital face; a ripe little mouth, that seemed made to be kissed-as no doubt it was; all kinds of good little dots about her chin, that melted into one another when she laughed; and the sunniest pair of eyes you ever saw in any little creature's head. Altogether she was what you would have called provoking, you know; but satisfactory, too. Oh, perfectly satisfactory!

dimpled - con hoyuelos; hoyuelo, camanance, formar hoyuelos

surprised - sorprendido; sorpresa, sorprender

ripe - maduro

kissed - besado; besar

melted - material fundido, derretirse, fundirse

sunniest - más soleado; asoleado

altogether - todos juntos; totalmente, completamente, en general, en suma

provoking - provocando; provocar

satisfactory - satisfactorio

"He's a comical old fellow," said Scrooge's nephew, "that's the truth; and not so pleasant as he might be. However, his offences carry their own punishment, and I have nothing to say against him."

comical - cómico

offences - Ofensa

"I'm sure he is very rich, Fred," hinted Scrooge's niece. "At least, you always tell me so."

"What of that, my dear?" said Scrooge's nephew. "His wealth is of no use to him. He don't do any good with it. He don't make himself comfortable with it. He hasn't the satisfaction of thinking-ha, ha, ha!-that he is ever going to benefit Us with it."

satisfaction - satisfacción, satisfacción

benefit - beneficio, ventaja, prestación, beneficiar

"I have no patience with him," observed Scrooge's niece.[69] Scrooge's niece's sisters, and all the other ladies, expressed the same opinion.

patience - paciencia, solitario

ladies - senoritas; ama, senora, dama, bano de damas

"Oh, I have!" said Scrooge's nephew. "I am sorry for him; I couldn't be angry with him if I tried. Who suffers by his ill whims? Himself always. Here he takes it into his head to dislike us, and he won't come and dine with us. What's the consequence? He don't lose much of a dinner."

suffers - sufre; sufrir, penar, empeorar

whims - aprichos; capricho

dislike - aversión, disgusto, antipatía, desagradar, no gustar

consequence - consecuencia

"Indeed, I think he loses a very good dinner," interrupted Scrooge's niece. Everybody else said the same, and they must be allowed to have been competent judges, because they had just had dinner; and, with the dessert upon the table, were clustered round the fire, by lamp-light.

interrupted - interrumpido; interrumpir, interrupción

allowed - permitido; dejar, permitir, conceder

competent - competente

judges - jueces; juzgar

dessert - dulce, postre

"Well! I am very glad to hear it," said Scrooge's nephew, "because I haven't any great faith in these young housekeepers. What do you say, Topper?"

Faith - fe, confianza

housekeepers - amas de llaves; ama de llaves, ama de casa

topper - sombrero de copa; (top); cima, parte superior

Topper had clearly got his eye upon one of Scrooge's niece's sisters, for he answered that a bachelor was a wretched outcast, who had no right to express an opinion on the subject. Whereat Scrooge's niece's sister-the plump one with the lace tucker, not the one with the roses-blushed.

bachelor - soltero; solterón, bachiller, título de grado, licenciatura

outcast - desterrado; paria

plump - relleno, regordete, rechoncho

lace - encaje; cordón

roses - rosas; Rosa

"Do go on, Fred," said Scrooge's niece, clapping her hands. "He never finishes what he begins to say! He is such a ridiculous fellow!"

Scrooge's nephew revelled in another laugh, and, as it was impossible to keep the infection off, though the plump sister tried hard to do it with aromatic vinegar, his example was unanimously followed.

revelled - regocijado; deleitarse

aromatic vinegar - vinagre aromático

unanimously - unánimemente, por unanimidad

"I was only going to say," said Scrooge's nephew, "that the consequence of his taking a dislike to us, and not making merry with us, is, as I think, that he loses some pleasant moments, which could do him no harm. I am sure he loses pleasanter companions than he can find in his own thoughts, either in his mouldy old office or his dusty chambers. I mean to give him the same chance every year, whether he likes it or not, for I pity[70] him.

harm - dano; dano, danar

pleasanter - más agradable; agradable, placentero

Companions - companeros; companero, companera

mouldy - enmohecido; mohoso

dusty - polvoriento

chambers - cámaras; cámara, recámara, compartimento

He may rail at Christmas till he dies, but he can't help thinking better of it-I defy him-if he finds me going there in good temper, year after year, and saying, 'Uncle Scrooge, how are you?'If it only puts him in the vein to leave his poor clerk fifty pounds, that's something; and I think I shook him yesterday."

rail - ferrocarril; barra

defy - desafiar, desobedecer, renunciar

going there - Ir allí

vein - vena

It was their turn to laugh, now, at the notion of his shaking Scrooge. But, being thoroughly good-natured, and not much caring what they laughed at, so that they laughed at any rate, he encouraged them in their merriment, and passed the bottle, joyously.

thoroughly - cabalmente, a cabalidad, a fondo, detenidamente

good-natured - (good-natured) Buen carácter, buena gente

laughed at - reírse de alguien

encouraged - nimado; animar, alentar, estimular, promover, recomendar

merriment - alegría, júbilo, regocijo, juguetoneo

joyously - con alegría

After tea they had some music. For they were a musical family, and knew what they were about when they sung a Glee or Catch, I can assure you: especially Topper, who could growl away in the bass like a good one, and never swell the large veins in his forehead, or get red in the face over it. Scrooge's niece played well upon the harp; and played, among other tunes, a simple little air (a mere nothing: you might learn to whistle it in two minutes), which had been familiar to the child who fetched Scrooge from the boarding-school, as he had been reminded by the Ghost of Christmas Past.

musical - musical, musical

catch - coger; pega, traba, truco, cuestión

assure - asegurar

bass - bajo

swell - genial; hinchar(se), inflar(se)

veins - venas; vena

harp - arpa, harpa

tunes - sintonías; melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

whistle - silbar; silbato, pito, chifle, pitido

fetched - conseguido; ir por, ir a buscar, traer

boarding-school - (boarding-school) Internado

reminded - recordado; recordar

When this strain of music sounded, all the things that Ghost had shown him came upon his mind; he softened more and more; and thought that if he could have listened to it often, years ago, he might have cultivated the kindnesses of life for his own happiness with his own hands, without resorting to the sexton's spade that buried Jacob Marley.

strain - tensión; estirar, tensar

softened - suavizado; ablandar, suavizar

cultivated - ultivado; cultivar

kindnesses - ondades; amabilidad, bondad

resorting - recurrir (a)

sexton - sacristán

spade - pala

But they didn't devote the whole evening to music. After awhile they played at forfeits; for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself. Stop! There was first a game at blindman's buff. Of course there was. And I no more believe Topper was really blind than I believe he had eyes in his boots. My opinion is, that it was a done thing between him[71] and Scrooge's nephew; and that the Ghost of Christmas Present knew it. The way he went after that plump sister in the lace tucker was an outrage on the credulity of human nature. knocking down the fire-irons, tumbling over the chairs, bumping up against the piano, smothering himself amongst the curtains, wherever she went, there went he! He always knew where the plump sister was. He wouldn't catch anybody else. If you had fallen up against him (as some of them did) on purpose, he would have made a feint of endeavouring to seize you, which would have been an affront to your understanding, and would instantly have sidled off in the direction of the plump sister.

devote - devota; dedicar

awhile - un rato, algún tiempo

blindman - Ciego

Buff - color de ante

outrage - atrocidad, ultraje, desafuero, atropello, indignación, rabia

knocking down - derribar; abaratar; vender en subasta

irons - planchas; férreo, planchar

bumping - bumping; chichón, tolondro, cototo, checkbache

smothering - asfixiante; asfixiar, ahogar

amongst - entre

wherever - dónde; adondequiera, doquier

on purpose - a propósito

feint - Fint

seize - incautar; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

affront - afrentar, ofender, afrontar, confrontar, afrenta, afruenta

direction - dirección

She often cried out that it wasn't fair; and it really was not. But when, at last, he caught her; when, in spite of all her silken rustlings, and her rapid flutterings past him, he got her into a corner whence there was no escape, then his conduct was the most execrable. For his pretending not to know her; his pretending that it was necessary to touch her head-dress, and further to assure himself of her identity by pressing a certain ring upon her finger, and a certain chain about her neck, was vile, monstrous! No doubt she told him her opinion of it when, another blind man being in office, they were so very confidential together behind the curtains.

silken - panish: de seda, sedoso

flutterings - leteos

escape - escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

execrable - excrable; execrable

pretending - fingiendo; fingir, de mentirijillas

identity - identidad

pressing - presionando; apremiante

finger - dedo; apuntar, senalar, hurgar, dedear

vile - vil

blind man - un hombre ciego

confidential - confidencial

Scrooge's niece was not one of the blindman's buff party, but was made comfortable with a large chair and a footstool, in a snug corner where the Ghost and Scrooge were close behind her. But she joined in the forfeits, and loved her love to admiration with all the letters of the alphabet. Likewise at the game of How, When, and Where, she was very great, and, to the secret joy of Scrooge's nephew, beat her sisters hollow: though they were sharp girls too, as Topper could have told you.

footstool - reposapiés, escabel

alphabet - alfabeto, abecedario

likewise - similarmente, igualmente

There might have been twenty people there, young and old, but they all played, and so did Scrooge; for, wholly forgetting, in the interest he had in what was going on, that his voice made no sound in their ears, he sometimes came out with his guess[72] quite loud, and very often guessed right, too, for the sharpest needle, best Whitechapel, warranted not to cut in the eye, was not sharper than Scrooge; blunt as he took it in his head to be.

wholly - Por completo

sharpest - más agudo; agudo, afilado, filoso, listo, sostenido, agrio

warranted - está justificado; garantía, cédula, orden, garantizar

sharper - más nítida; (sharp); agudo, afilado, filoso, listo, sostenido

blunt - desafilado, despuntado

The Ghost was greatly pleased to find him in this mood, and looked upon him with such favour, that he begged like a boy to be allowed to stay until the guests departed. But this the Spirit said could not be done.

mood - estado de ánimo; humor

departed - se ha ido; irse, salir, partir, panish:

"Here is a new game," said Scrooge. "One half-hour, Spirit, only one!"

It was a game called Yes and No, where Scrooge's nephew had to think of something, and the rest must find out what; he only answering to their questions yes or no, as the case was. The brisk fire of questioning to which he was exposed elicited from him that he was thinking of an animal, a live animal, rather a disagreeable animal, a savage animal, an animal that growled and grunted sometimes, and talked sometimes, and lived in London, and walked about the streets, and wasn't made a show of, and wasn't led by anybody, and didn't live in a menagerie, and was never killed in a market, and was not a horse, or an ass, or a cow, or a bull, or a tiger, or a dog, or a pig, or a cat, or a bear.

exposed - Exposiciones

elicited - obtenido; provocar, suscitar, evocar, educir, sonsacar

disagreeable - desagradable

savage - salvaje

grunted - grunó; grunido, currito, machaca, grunir

menagerie - casa de fieras

killed - asesinado; matar, asesinar

Bull - toro

tiger - tigre; tigresa

At every fresh question that was put to him, this nephew burst into a fresh roar of laughter; and was so inexpressibly tickled, that he was obliged to get up off the sofa, and stamp. At last the plump sister, falling into a similar state, cried out:

burst - reventar, romper, ráfaga, estallo, reventón

roar - rugir, bramar, rugido, bramido

tickled - cosquilla, hacer cosquillas, cosquillear

Stamp - estampado, sello, timbrar, franquear

"I have found it out! I know what it is, Fred! I know what it is!"

"What is it?" cried Fred.

"It's your uncle Scro-o-o-o-oge!"

Which it certainly was. Admiration was the universal sentiment, though some objected that the reply to "Is it a bear?" ought to have been "Yes": inasmuch as an answer in the negative was sufficient to have diverted their thoughts from Mr. Scrooge, supposing they had ever had any tendency that way.[73]

sentiment - sentimiento

reply - responder, repetir, respuesta

diverted - desviado; desviar, entretener, distraer

supposing - Suponiendo; (suppose); suponer

tendency - tendencia

"He has given us plenty of merriment, I am sure," said Fred, "and it would be ungrateful not to drink his health. Here is a glass of mulled wine ready to our hand at the moment; and I say, 'Uncle Scrooge!'"

ungrateful - desagradecido, ingrato, malagradecido

mulled wine - vino caliente

"Well! Uncle Scrooge!" they cried.

"A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to the old man, whatever he is!" said Scrooge's nephew. "He wouldn't take it from me, but may he have it nevertheless. Uncle Scrooge!"

nevertheless - a pesar de todo; sin embargo, a pesar de esto, con todo

Uncle Scrooge had imperceptibly become so gay and light of heart, that he would have pledged the unconscious company in return, and thanked them in an inaudible speech, if the Ghost had given him time. But the whole scene passed off in the breath of the last word spoken by his nephew; and he and the Spirit were again upon their travels.

imperceptibly - imperceptiblemente

gay - gay, homosexual

pledged - prometido; prometer, comprometerse, hipotecar, empenar

unconscious - inconsciente, subconsciente, subconsciencia

inaudible - inaudible

Speech - habla, discurso

Much they saw, and far they went, and many homes they visited, but always with a happy end. The Spirit stood beside sick-beds, and they were cheerful; on foreign lands, and they were close at home; by struggling men, and they were patient in their greater hope; by poverty, and it was rich.

sick-beds - (sick-beds) cama para enfermos

In almshouse, hospital, and gaol, in misery's every refuge, where vain man in his little brief authority had not made fast the door, and barred the Spirit out, he left his blessing, and taught Scrooge his precepts.

almshouse - Limosnería

gaol - Cárcel

refuge - refugio, refugiarse

authority - autoridad, policía, autoridades, fuerzas del orden, autorización

blessing - bendición; (bless); bendición

precepts - preceptos; precepto

It was a long night, if it were only a night; but Scrooge had his doubts of this, because the Christmas holidays appeared to be condensed into the space of time they passed together. It was strange, too, that, while Scrooge remained unaltered in his outward form, the Ghost grew older, clearly older.

condensed - condensado; condensar, condensarse

space of time - espacio del tiempo

remained - se quedó; resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer

outward form - forma externa

Scrooge had observed this change, but never spoke of it, until they left a children's Twelfth-Night party, when, looking at the Spirit as they stood together in an open place, he noticed that its hair was grey.

stood together - mantenerse juntos

noticed - te has dado cuenta; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta

"Are spirits'lives so short?" asked Scrooge.[74]

"My life upon this globe is very brief," replied the Ghost. "It ends to-night."

globe - globo, globo terráqueo

"To-night!" cried Scrooge.

"To-night at midnight. Hark! The time is drawing near."

Hark - Oyes

The chimes were ringing the three-quarters past eleven at that moment.

"Forgive me if I am not justified in what I ask," said Scrooge, looking intently at the Spirit's robe, "but I see something strange, and not belonging to yourself, protruding from your skirts. Is it a foot or a claw?"

intently - con atención; atentamente

protruding - saliente; sobresalir, protruir

claw - garra

"It might be a claw, for the flesh there is upon it," was the Spirit's sorrowful reply. "look here."

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

look here - mira aquí

From the foldings of its robe it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.

foldings - plegados; plegable

abject - abyecto

hideous - horrible, odioso, chocante, atemorizante

miserable - miserable

knelt - de rodillas; arrodillarse

clung - aferrado; engancharse, adherirse

"Oh, Man! look here! Look, look, down here!" exclaimed the Ghost.

They were a boy and girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds.

scowling - frunciendo el ceno; (scowl) frunciendo el ceno

prostrate - postrado, acostado boca abajo

youth - jóvenes; juventud, adolescencia, mocedad, anos mozos, joven

freshest - el más fresco; fresco

tints - tintes; tinte, matiz

stale - duro, rancio, seco

pinched - pellizcado; pellizcar, repizcar, afanar, chorizar, pellizco

twisted - retorcido; torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

shreds - trituras; triza, jirón

Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

angels - ángeles; ángel

enthroned - ntronizado; entronizar

devils - demonios; diablo

lurked - al acecho; acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse, merodear

menacing - amenazante; amenaza, peligro

humanity - la humanidad; humanidad

grade - puntuación, nota, desnivel, panish: t

mysteries - misterios; misterio, arcano

monsters - monstruos; monstruo, fiera

Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

appalled - asustado; horrorizar

enormous - enorme, ingente

magnitude - magnitud, norma

"Spirit! are they yours?" Scrooge could say no more.

"They are Man's," said the Spirit, looking down upon them. "And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware of them both, and[75] all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.

cling to - Aferrarse a

appealing - apetecible; suplicar, rogar

ignorance - ignorancia

Beware - tener cuidado, ser precavido

doom - condenar, danar

Unless - menos que..; a menos que, a no ser que, salvo

erased - borrado; borrar, borrarse

deny it!" cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. "Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!"

deny - Negar

stretching - estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón, estiramiento

Slander - calumnia, calumniar, difamar, dejar negro, pelar

admit - admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer, permitir

factious - sedicioso, faccioso

bide - esperar el momento oportuno

"Have they no refuge or resource?" cried Scrooge.

resource - recursos; recurso

"Are there no prisons?" said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. "Are there no workhouses?"

turning on - encender,

The bell struck Twelve.

Scrooge looked about him for the Ghost, and saw it not. As the last stroke ceased to vibrate, he remembered the prediction of old Jacob Marley, and, lifting up his eyes, beheld a solemn Phantom, draped and hooded, coming like a mist along the ground towards him.[76]

prediction - predicción

beheld - ontemplado; contemplar, mirar, observar, he aquí, mirad

draped - cubrir


The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.

gravely - gravemente

silently - en silencio; silenciosamente

Scatter - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir

mystery - misterio, arcano

It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible, save one outstretched hand. But for this, it would have been difficult to detach its figure from the night, and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded.

shrouded - encubierto; mortaja

deep black - negro profundo

outstretched - Extender

been difficult - ha sido difícil

detach - desprender; desacoplar

He felt that it was tall and stately when it came beside him, and that its mysterious presence filled him with a solemn dread. He knew no more, for the Spirit neither spoke nor moved.

stately - enorial; majestuoso

mysterious - misterioso

presence - presencia

neither - ninguno de los dos; ninguno, ningún, ni X ni Y, tampoco

"I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come?" said Scrooge.

The Spirit answered not, but pointed onward with its hand.

onward - en adelante; hacia adelante, para adelante

"You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us," Scrooge pursued. "Is that so, Spirit?"

The upper portion of the garment was contracted for an instant in its folds, as if the Spirit had inclined its head. That was the only answer he received.

portion - porción

contracted - contratado; contraer

Although well used to ghostly company by this time, Scrooge feared the silent shape so much that his legs trembled beneath him, and he found that he could hardly stand when he prepared to follow it. The Spirit paused a moment, as observing his condition, and giving him time to recover.[77]

feared - Miedo

silent - silencioso, callar, checkcallado

hardly - apenas, a duras penas

paused - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

recover - recuperarse

But Scrooge was all the worse for this. It thrilled him with a vague uncertain horror to know that, behind the dusky shroud, there were ghostly eyes intently fixed upon him, while he, though he stretched his own to the utmost, could see nothing but a spectral hand and one great heap of black.

thrilled - emocionado; excitar; emocionar, conmover

vague - vago, impreciso

uncertain - incierto

shroud - mortaja

stretched - estirado; estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón

utmost - extremo, descollante, extremado, sobresaliente, sumo, máximo

spectral - espectral

heap - pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

"Ghost of the Future!" he exclaimed, "I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But, as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?"

thankful - agradecido

It gave him no reply. The hand was pointed straight before them.

"Lead on!" said Scrooge. "Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!"

lead - plomo; llevar, conducir

waning - Disminuyendo; (wan) Disminuyendo

The phantom moved away as it had come towards him. Scrooge followed in the shadow of its dress, which bore him up, he thought, and carried him along.

moved away - alejarse, moverse

They scarcely seemed to enter the City; for the City rather seemed to spring up about them, and encompass them of its own act. But there they were in the heart of it; on 'Change, amongst the merchants; who hurried up and down, and chinked the money in their pockets, and conversed in groups, and looked at their watches, and trifled thoughtfully with their great gold seals; and so forth, as Scrooge had seen them often.

spring up - brotar; aparecer; alzarse

encompass - circundar, rodear, abarcar, englobar

merchants - comerciantes; comerciante, mercader

chinked - chinked; resquicio, grieta

conversed - conversado; conversar, charlar

in groups - en grupos

Seals - sellos; sello

The Spirit stopped beside one little knot of business men. Observing that the hand was pointed to them, Scrooge advanced to listen to their talk.

knot - nudo

"No," said a great fat man with a monstrous chin, "I don't know much about it either way. I only know he's dead."

"When did he die?" inquired another.

"Last night, I believe."

"Why, what was the matter with him?" asked a third, taking a vast quantity of snuff out of a very large snuff-box. "I thought he'd never die."[78]

snuff - tabaco; rapé

"God knows," said the first with a yawn.

yawn - bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

"What has he done with his money?" asked a red-faced gentleman with a pendulous excrescence on the end of his nose, that shook like the gills of a turkey-cock.

pendulous - colgante

gills - agallas; branquia, agalla

"I haven't heard," said the man with the large chin, yawning again. "Left it to his company, perhaps. He hasn't left it to me. That's all I know."

yawning - Bostezando; (yawn); bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

This pleasantry was received with a general laugh.

pleasantry - Complacencia

"It's likely to be a very cheap funeral," said the same speaker; "for, Upon my life, I don't know of anybody to go to it. Suppose we make up a party, and volunteer?"

Upon my life - Por mi vida

volunteer - voluntaria; voluntario, voluntario

"I don't mind going if a lunch is provided," observed the gentleman with the excrescence on his nose. "But I must be fed if I make one."

fed - alimentado; (feed) alimentado

Another laugh.

"Well, I am the most disinterested among you, after all," said the first speaker, "for I never wear black gloves, and I never eat lunch. But I'll offer to go if anybody else will. When I come to think of it, I'm not at all sure that I wasn't his most particular friend; for we used to stop and speak whenever we met. Bye, bye!"

disinterested - desinteresado; desinterés

gloves - guantes; guante, gorro

most particular - el más particular

Speakers and listeners strolled away, and mixed with other groups. Scrooge knew the men, and looked towards the Spirit for an explanation.

speakers - altavoces; hablante, parlante, altavoz, altoparlante

listeners - oyentes; oyente, escuchador, escucha

strolled - paseando; paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

mixed - mezclado; mezclar

The Phantom glided on into a street. Its finger pointed to two persons meeting. Scrooge listened again, thinking that the explanation might lie here.

glided - se deslizó; deslizar, planear

He knew these men, also, perfectly. They were men of business: very wealthy, and of great importance. He had made a point always of standing well in their esteem: in a business point of view, that is; strictly in a business point of view.

wealthy - ricos; adinerado, rico, próspero, acomodado

importance - importancia

esteem - estima

view - vista, reproducción, visualización, visitas, visión, mirada, ver

strictly - estrictamente, terminantemente

"How are you?" said one.

"How are you?" returned the other.[79]

"Well!" said the first. "Old Scratch has got his own at last, hey?"

scratch - rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo, rayadura

"So I am told," returned the second. "Cold, isn't it?"

isn't it? - ?No es así?

"Seasonable for Christmas-time. You are not a skater, I suppose?"

skater - patinador, patinadora

"No. No. Something else to think of. Good morning!"

Not another word. That was their meeting, their conversation, and their parting.

Scrooge was at first inclined to be surprised that the Spirit should attach importance to conversations apparently so trivial; but, feeling assured that they must have some hidden purpose, he set himself to consider what it was likely to be. They could scarcely be supposed to have any bearing on the death of Jacob, his old partner, for that was Past, and this Ghost's province was the Future.

attach importance - Dar importancia

apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente

trivial - trivial

assured - asegurado; (assure); asegurar

hidden - ocultos; esconder(se), ocultar

Consider - considerar, barajar, sopesar, observar

be supposed to - suponerse

bearing - Rodamiento; (bear) Rodamiento

province - provincia

Nor could he think of any one immediately connected with himself, to whom he could apply them. But nothing doubting that, to whomsoever they applied, they had some latent moral for his own improvement, he resolved to treasure up every word he heard, and everything he saw; and especially to observe the shadow of himself when it appeared. For he had an expectation that the conduct of his future self would give him the clue he missed, and would render the solution of these riddles easy.

doubting - Dudando; (doubt); dudar, duda, incertidumbre

whomsoever - a quién

applied - plicado; aplicar

moral - moral, moraleja

improvement - mejora, mejoramiento, enmienda, mejoría

treasure - tesoro, atesorar

clue - una pista; pista, indicio

solution - solución

riddles - enigmas; adivinanza, acertijo

He looked about in that very place for his own image, but another man stood in his accustomed corner, and, though the clock pointed to his usual time of day for being there, he saw no likeness of himself among the multitudes that poured in through the Porch. It gave him little surprise, however; for he had been revolving in his mind a change of life, and thought and hoped he saw his new-born resolutions carried out in this.

image - imagen

accustomed - acostumbrado; acostumbrarse, habituar

likeness - semejanza; retrato, trasunto

multitudes - multitudes; multitud

poured in - verter, llegar a raudales

porch - pórtico, porche

revolving - Giratorio; (revolve); girar, rotar

new-born - (new-born) recién nacido

resolutions - resoluciones; resolución, panish: t-needed

Quiet and dark, beside him stood the Phantom, with its outstretched hand. When he roused himself from his thoughtful quest, he fancied, from the turn of the hand, and its situa[80]tion in reference to himself, that the Unseen Eyes were looking at him keenly. It made him shudder, and feel very cold.

roused - despertado; despertar

quest - busca, búsqueda

fancied - te apetece; capricho, antojo

reference - referencia, referencia, referenciar

unseen - No se ve

shudder - temblor; escalofrío

They left the busy scene, and went into an obscure part of the town, where Scrooge had never penetrated before, although he recognised its situation and its bad repute. The ways were foul and narrow; the shops and houses wretched; the people half naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly.

obscure - oscuro; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

penetrated - penetrado; penetrar

recognised - Reconoces

repute - reputación

half naked - medio desnudo

drunken - Borracho

slipshod - chapucero, descuidado, burdo, pastrano

ugly - feo, callo

Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth and misery.

alleys - allejones; callejuela

archways - arcos; arco

cesspools - pozos negros; pozo negro, pozo ciego, cloaca

dirt - suciedad, mugor, tierra, mugre, trapos sucios

straggling - rezagado; (straggle) rezagado

reeked - apestaba; hedor, peste, tufo

crime - delito, crimen, delincuencia, criminalidad

filth - suciedad; mugre, porquería, inmundicia, bascosidad

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.

bundle - haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

similarly - de forma similar; similarmente, igualmente, asimismo

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.

blank astonishment - estupor

pipe - pipa; caramillo, flauta ), tubo de órgano, tubería, tubo

"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,[81] old Joe, here's a chance! If we haven't all three met here without meaning it!"

charwoman - carterwoman; mujer de la limpieza

Joe - Che, Pepe, Pepito, Juan

"You couldn't have met in a better place," said old Joe, removing his pipe from his mouth. "Come into the parlour. You were made free of it long ago, you know; and the other two an't strangers. Stop till I shut the door of the shop. Ah! How it skreeks!

removing - quitando; quitar, remover, detraer

strangers - Extrano

skreeks - Grietas

There an't such a rusty bit of metal in the place as its own hinges, I believe; and I'm sure there's no such old bones here as mine. Ha! ha! We're all suitable to our calling, we're well matched. Come into the parlour. Come into the parlour."

rusty - Oxidado

metal - metal

hinges - bisagras; bisagra, gozne, charnela, quicio, abisagrar, depender

suitable - adecuado; apropiado, indicado

matched - coinciden; cerilla, fósforo

The parlour was the space behind the screen of rags. The old man raked the fire together with an old stair-rod, and, having trimmed his smoky lamp (for it was night) with the stem of his pipe, put it into his mouth again.

screen - mampara, pantalla, biombo, tamiz, malla

rags - trapos; trapo

raked - rastrillado; rastrillo

stem - tallo; CTIM

While he did this, the woman who had already spoken threw her bundle on the floor, and sat down in a flaunting manner on a stool; crossing her elbows on her knees, and looking with a bold defiance at the other two.

flaunting - presumiendo; ostentar, hacer alarde de

Crossing - cruzando; cruce, crucero, edestrian; (cross); cruz, aspa

elbows - codos; codo, codazo, panish: t-needed

defiance - desafío

"What odds, then? What odds, Mrs. Dilber?" said the woman. "Every person has a right to take care of themselves. He always did!"

odds - probabilidades; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto

"That's true, indeed!" said the laundress. "No man more so."

That's true - Es cierto

"Why, then, don't stand staring as if you was afraid, woman! Who's the wiser? We're not going to pick holes in each other's coats, I suppose?"

pick - pico, ganzúa, hurgar, recoger

holes - agujeros; agujero

"No, indeed!" said Mrs. Dilber and the man together. "We should hope not."

"Very well, then!" cried the woman. "That's enough. Who's the worse for the loss of a few things like these? Not a dead man, I suppose?"

Loss - pérdida

"No, indeed," said Mrs. Dilber, laughing.

"If he wanted to keep 'em after he was dead, a wicked old[82] screw," pursued the woman, "why wasn't he natural in his lifetime? If he had been, he'd have had somebody to look after him when he was struck with Death, instead of lying gasping out his last there, alone by himself."

lifetime - para toda la vida; vida, eternidad, toda la vida

look after - Cuidar

"It's the truest word that ever was spoke," said Mrs. Dilber, "It's a judgment on him."

judgment - juicio

"I wish it was a little heavier judgment," replied the woman; "and it should have been, you may depend upon it, if I could have laid my hands on anything else. Open that bundle, old Joe, and let me know the value of it. Speak out plain. I'm not afraid to be the first, nor afraid for them to see it. We knew pretty well that we were helping ourselves before we met here, I believe. It's no sin. Open the bundle, Joe."

Depend - depender, confiar, atender

sin - pecado

But the gallantry of her friends would not allow of this; and the man in faded black, mounting the breach first, produced his plunder. It was not extensive. A seal or two, a pencil-case, a pair of sleeve-buttons, and a brooch of no great value, were all.

gallantry - galantería; coraje, valor

allow of - permitir

breach - brecha, violación, batería, boquete, disolución, quebrada

plunder - saquear, saqueo, botín

extensive - extenso

seal - sello

pencil-case - (pencil-case) lapicero

brooch - un broche; broche

They were severally examined and appraised by old Joe, who chalked the sums he was disposed to give for each upon the wall, and added them up into a total when he found that there was nothing more to come.

severally - Separadamente

appraised - asado; Valorar

chalked - con tiza; creta, tiza, gis

sums - suma

disposed - dispuesto; deshacerse

Total - total, montante, suma

"That's your account," said Joe, "and I wouldn't give another sixpence, if I was to be boiled for not doing it. Who's next?"

account - cuenta

Mrs. Dilber was next. Sheets and towels, a little wearing apparel, two old-fashioned silver tea-spoons, a pair of sugar-tongs, and a few boots. Her account was stated on the wall in the same manner.

sheets - sábanas; hoja, folio, pliego, lámina, capa, escota

towels - toallas; toalla

apparel - atavío, ropa

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) anticuado

stated - declarado; Estado, declarar, indicar

wall in - vallar, rodear con muro, encerrar

"I always give too much to ladies. It's a weakness of mine, and that's the way I ruin myself," said old Joe. "That's your account. If you asked me for another penny, and made it an open question, I'd repent of being so liberal, and knock off half-a-crown."

weakness - debilidad, flaqueza, punto débil, debilidad por, carino

ruin - ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

penny - un penique; penique

repent - arrepentirse

liberal - liberal, liberal, libertario, libertaria

knock off - acabar

"And now undo my bundle, Joe," said the first woman.[83]

undo - deshacer

Joe went down on his knees for the greater convenience of opening it, and, having unfastened a great many knots, dragged out a large heavy roll of some dark stuff.

convenience - conveniencia, comodidad

unfastened - suelto; desabrochar

knots - nudos; nudo

dragged - arrastrado; llevar a rastras

roll - rodar; rollo

"What do you call this?" said Joe. "Bed-curtains?"

"Ah!" returned the woman, laughing and leaning forward on her crossed arms. "Bed-curtains!"

forward - hacia adelante; hacia delante

crossed - cruz, aspa, sotuer, santiguamiento, senal de la cruz, cruce

"You don't mean to say you took 'em down, rings and all, with him lying there?" said Joe.

rings - anillos; anillo

"Yes, I do," replied the woman. "Why not?"

"You were born to make your fortune," said Joe, "and you'll certainly do it."

"I certainly shan't hold my hand, when I can get anything in it by reaching it out, for the sake of such a man as He was, I promise you, Joe," returned the woman coolly. "Don't drop that oil upon the blankets, now."

reaching - llegando; llegar (a)

coolly - con frialdad

drop - dejar caer; gota

oil - aceite; petróleo

blankets - mantas; manta, capa, general

"His blankets?" asked Joe.

"Whose else's do you think?" replied the woman. "He isn't likely to take cold without 'em, I dare say."

"I hope he didn't die of anything catching? Eh?" said old Joe, stopping in his work, and looking up.

eh - no, qué, cómo

"Don't you be afraid of that," returned the woman. "I an't so fond of his company that I'd loiter about him for such things, if he did. Ah! You may look through that shirt till your eyes ache; but you won't find a hole in it, nor a threadbare place. It's the best he had, and a fine one too. They'd have wasted it, if it hadn't been for me."

fond - carinoso, afectuoso

loiter - holgazanear, perder el tiempo, merodear, vagar

look through - revisar, buscar entre; mirar sin ver, ignorar; mirar por

ache - dolor

wasted - desperdiciado; desperdiciar, malgastar

"What do you call wasting of it?" asked old Joe.

wasting - Desperdiciar; (wast) Desperdiciar

"Putting it on him to be buried in, to be sure," replied the woman with a laugh. "Somebody was fool enough to do it, but I took it off again. If calico an't good enough for such a purpose, it isn't good enough for anything. It's quite as becoming to the body. He can't look uglier than he did in that one."

fool - idiota; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

calico - calicó, gato calicó

uglier - más feo; ugli

Scrooge listened to this dialogue in horror. As they sat[84] grouped about their spoil, in the scanty light afforded by the old man's lamp, he viewed them with a detestation and disgust which could hardly have been greater, though they had been obscene demons, marketing the corpse itself.

spoil - expoliar, despojar, danar, arruinar, echar a perder

afforded - se puede permitir; costear, permitirse

disgust - repugnar, dar asco, asquear, asco, repugnancia

obscene - obsceno, procaz, panish: t-needed

demons - demonios; demonio

corpse - cuerpo, cadáver

"Ha, ha!" laughed the same woman when old Joe, producing a flannel bag with money in it, told out their several gains upon the ground. "This is the end of it, you see! He frightened every one away from him when he was alive, to profit us when he was dead! Ha, ha, ha!"

producing - produciendo; producir, realizar, producto, producción, cosecha

flannel - panela; franela

gains - ganancias; ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

frightened - asustado; atemorizar

"Spirit!" said Scrooge, shuddering from head to foot. "I see, I see. The case of this unhappy man might be my own. My life tends that way now. Merciful Heaven, what is this?"

shuddering - Temblores; (shudder); escalofrío

tends - tiendes; guardar

merciful - misericordioso

He recoiled in terror, for the scene had changed, and now he almost touched a bed: a bare, uncurtained bed: on which, beneath a ragged sheet, there lay a something covered up, which, though it was dumb, announced itself in awful language.

recoiled - retrocedió; retroceso, echarse atrás, recular

uncurtained - descubrir

covered up - cubierto, tapado

dumb - tonto; mudo

announced - anunciado; anunciar, declarar

The room was very dark, too dark to be observed with any accuracy, though Scrooge glanced round it in obedience to a secret impulse, anxious to know what kind of room it was. A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed: and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.

accuracy - exactitud, precisión, tino

impulse - impulso, capricho

anxious - ansioso, inquieto, deseoso

rising - subiendo; rebelión, levantamiento, alzamiento, ascensión

outer air - el aire exterior

bereft - desamparado; privado (de); (bereave); arrebatar, despojar

unwatched - Sin ver

uncared - esatendida

Scrooge glanced towards the Phantom. Its steady hand was pointed to the head. The cover was so carelessly adjusted that the slightest raising of it, the motion of a finger upon Scrooge's part, would have disclosed the face. He thought of it, felt how easy it would be to do, and longed to do it; but had no more power to withdraw the veil than to dismiss the spectre at his side.

steady - estable; firme, liso, fijo

cover - Cubierta

slightest - lo más mínimo; insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

withdraw - retirarse; retirar(se)

veil - velo, velar

dismiss - despedir, echar, disipar, rechazar, expulsar

Oh, cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion! But of the loved, revered, and honoured head thou canst not turn one hair to thy dread purposes, or make one feature odious. It is not that the hand is heavy, and[85] will fall down when released; it is not that the heart and pulse are still; but that the hand WAS open, generous, and true; the heart brave, warm, and tender; and the pulse a man's.

thine - tu, tuyo, tuya, el tuyo, la tuya

altar - altar

terrors - terrores; terror

thou - tú; vos

thy - tu; vuestro, vuestra, vuestros, vuestras

Command - orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

dominion - dominio

revered - venerado; reverenciar, idolatrar

honoured - onrado; honradez

canst - anst

feature - Característica, distintivo; presentar, incluir

fall down - caerse, colapsar, fracasar

pulse - pulso

tender - tierno

Strike, Shadow, strike! And see his good deeds springing from the wound, to sow the world with life immortal!

strike - tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar, hacer la huelga

good deeds - buenas acciones

sow - sembrar

No voice pronounced these words in Scrooge's ears, and yet he heard them when he looked upon the bed. He thought, if this man could be raised up now, what would be his foremost thoughts? Avarice, hard dealing, griping cares? They have brought him to a rich end, truly!

pronounced - pronunciado; pronunciar

griping - Gruja

truly - de verdad; verdaderamente, realmente

He lay, in the dark, empty house, with not a man, a woman, or a child to say he was kind to me in this or that, and for the memory of one kind word I will be kind to him. A cat was tearing at the door, and there was a sound of gnawing rats beneath the hearth-stone. What they wanted in the room of death, and why they were so restless and disturbed, Scrooge did not dare to think.

gnawing - roer; corrosivo, punzante; insistente; (gnaw); roer

rats - ratas; rata

"Spirit!" he said, "this is a fearful place. In leaving it, I shall not leave its lesson, trust me. Let us go!"

fearful - miedoso, temeroso, terrible, checkespantoso, checktremendo

trust - confiar; confianza, crédito, fiar, consorcio, trust

Still the Ghost pointed with an unmoved finger to the head.

unmoved - insensible, impasible

"I understand you," Scrooge returned, "and I would do it if I could. But I have not the power, Spirit. I have not the power."

Again it seemed to look upon him.

"If there is any person in the town who feels emotion caused by this man's death," said Scrooge, quite agonised, "show that person to me, Spirit! I beseech you."

caused - causado; causa, causar

agonised - agonizar

beseech - rogar, implorar, suplicar

The Phantom spread its dark robe before him for a moment, like a wing; and, withdrawing it, revealed a room by daylight, where a mother and her children were.

spread - extender, dispersar, esparcir, untar, diseminar, difundir

withdrawing - retirarse; retirar(se)

revealed - revelado; revelar, propalar

She was expecting some one, and with anxious eagerness; for she walked up and down the room; started at every sound; looked out from the window; glanced at the clock; tried, but in[86] vain, to work with her needle; and could hardly bear the voices of her children in their play.

At length the long-expected knock was heard. She hurried to the door, and met her husband; a man whose face was careworn and depressed, though he was young. There was a remarkable expression in it now; a kind of serious delight of which he felt ashamed, and which he struggled to repress.

knock - golpe, golpear

careworn - cuidado

depressed - deprimido; deprimir

serious - en serio; serio

felt ashamed - sentirse avergonzado

struggled - luchado; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

repress - reprimir

He sat down to the dinner that had been hoarding for him by the fire, and, when she asked him faintly what news (which was not until after a long silence), he appeared embarrassed how to answer.

hoarding - acaparamiento; valla; (hoard) acaparamiento; valla

embarrassed - avergonzado; avergonzar, abochornar, sonrojar, humillar

"Is it good," she said, "or bad?" to help him.

"Bad," he answered.

"We are quite ruined?"

ruined - arruinado; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

"No. There is hope yet, Caroline."

"If he relents," she said, amazed, "there is! Nothing is past hope, if such a miracle has happened."

relents - ceder

amazed - asombrado; pasmar, sorprender, asombrar

miracle - milagro

"He is past relenting," said her husband. "He is dead."

relenting - Cediendo; (relent); ceder

She was a mild and patient creature, if her face spoke truth; but she was thankful in her soul to hear it, and she said so with clasped hands. She prayed forgiveness the next moment, and was sorry; but the first was the emotion of her heart.

prayed - rezó; rezar, orar

forgiveness - perdón, misericordia

"What the half-drunken woman, whom I told you of last night, said to me when I tried to see him and obtain a week's delay, and what I thought was a mere excuse to avoid me, turns out to have been quite true. He was not only very ill, but dying, then."

obtain - obtener, coger

delay - retraso; aplazar, retrasar

avoid - evitar, esquivar

"To whom will our debt be transferred?"

debt - deuda, pufo

transferred - transferido; transferir, trasladar, calcar, imprimir

"I don't know. But, before that time, we shall be ready with the money; and, even though we were not, it would be bad fortune indeed to find so merciless a creditor in his successor. We may sleep to-night with light hearts, Caroline!"

merciless - sin piedad; despiadado, inmisericorde

creditor - acreedor, acreedora

successor - sucesor, sucesora

Yes. Soften it as they would, their hearts were lighter. The children's faces, hushed and clustered round to hear what[87] they so little understood, were brighter; and it was a happier house for this man's death! The only emotion that the Ghost could show him, caused by the event, was one of pleasure.

soften - ablandar, suavizar

hushed - callado; callar, callarse, calmar, acallar, silencio

brighter - más brillante; luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

"Let me see some tenderness connected with a death," said Scrooge; "or that dark chamber, Spirit, which we left just now, will be for ever present to me."

The Ghost conducted him through several streets familiar to his feet; and, as they went along, Scrooge looked here and there to find himself, but nowhere was he to be seen. They entered poor Bob Cratchit's house,-the dwelling he had visited before,-and found the mother and the children seated round the fire.

looked here - mirar aquí

nowhere - en ninguna parte, en ningún lugar, en ningún sitio

seated - sentado; asiento, seato, sede

Quiet. Very quiet. The noisy little Cratchits were as still as statues in one corner, and sat looking up at Peter, who had a book before him. The mother and her daughters were engaged in sewing. But surely they were very quiet!

noisy - ruidoso

statues - estatuas; estatua

sewing - Coser; (sew) Coser

"'And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them.'"

midst - en medio; centro

Where had Scrooge heard those words? He had not dreamed them. The boy must have read them out, as he and the Spirit crossed the threshold. Why did he not go on?

dreamed - sonado; sueno, ensueno, sonar

The mother laid her work upon the table, and put her hand up to her face.

"The colour hurts my eyes," she said.

hurts - duele; doler, lastimar, hacer dano, herido, dolido

The colour? Ah, poor Tiny Tim!

"They're better now again," said Cratchit's wife. "It makes them weak by candle-light; and I wouldn't show weak eyes to your father, when he comes home, for the world. It must be near his time."

"Past it rather," Peter answered, shutting up his book. "But I think he has walked a little slower than he used, these few last evenings, mother."

They were very quiet again. At last she said, and in a steady, cheerful voice, that only faltered once:[88]

"I have known him walk with-I have known him walk with Tiny Tim upon his shoulder very fast indeed."

"And so have I," cried Peter. "Often."

"And so have I," exclaimed another. So had all.

"But he was very light to carry," she resumed, intent upon her work, "and his father loved him so, that it was no trouble: no trouble. And there is your father at the door!"

She hurried out to meet him; and little Bob in his comforter-he had need of it, poor fellow-came in. His tea was ready for him on the hob, and they all tried who should help him to it most. Then the two young Cratchits got upon his knees, and laid, each child, a little cheek against his face, as if they said, "Don't mind it, father. Don't be grieved!"

grieved - penado; afligirse, acongojarse

Bob was very cheerful with them, and spoke pleasantly to all the family. He looked at the work upon the table, and praised the industry and speed of Mrs. Cratchit and the girls. They would be done long before Sunday, he said.

pleasantly - agradablemente

Praised - elogiado; alabanza, loa, enaltecimiento, elogio, adoración

Speed - velocidad

"Sunday! You went to-day, then, Robert?" said his wife.

"Yes, my dear," returned Bob. "I wish you could have gone. It would have done you good to see how green a place it is. But you'll see it often. I promised him that I would walk there on a Sunday. My little, little child!" cried Bob. "My little child!"

He broke down all at once. He couldn't help it. If he could have helped it, he and his child would have been farther apart, perhaps, than they were.

broke down - estropearse; romper a llorar; deprimirse

He left the room, and went up-stairs into the room above, which was lighted cheerfully, and hung with Christmas. There was a chair set close beside the child, and there were signs of some one having been there lately. Poor Bob sat down in it, and, when he had thought a little and composed himself, he kissed the little face. He was reconciled to what had happened, and went down again quite happy.

cheerfully - con alegría

lately - últimamente

composed - compuesto; componer, constituir, conformar, constar

reconciled - reconciliado; reconciliar, avenir

They drew about the fire, and talked; the girls and mother[89] working still. Bob told them of the extraordinary kindness of Mr. Scrooge's nephew, whom he had scarcely seen but once, and who, meeting him in the street that day, and seeing that he looked a little-"just a little down, you know," said Bob, inquired what had happened to distress him.

kindness - amabilidad, bondad

distress - aflicción, angustia, desasosiego, ansiedad

"On which," said Bob, "for he is the pleasantest-spoken gentleman you ever heard, I told him. 'I am heartily sorry for it, Mr. Cratchit,'he said, 'and heartily sorry for your good wife.'By-the-bye, how he ever knew that I don't know."

pleasantest - más agradable; agradable, placentero

"Knew what, my dear?"

"Why, that you were a good wife," replied Bob.

"Everybody knows that," said Peter.

"Very well observed, my boy!" cried Bob. "I hope they do. 'Heartily sorry,'he said, 'for your good wife. If I can be of service to you in any way,'he said, giving me his card, 'that's where I live. Pray come to me.'Now, it wasn't," cried Bob, "for the sake of anything he might be able to do for us, so much as for his kind way, that this was quite delightful. It really seemed as if he had known our Tiny Tim, and felt with us."

delightful - delicioso

felt with - sentirse con

"I'm sure he's a good soul!" said Mrs. Cratchit.

good soul - alma buena

"You would be sure of it, my dear," returned Bob, "if you saw and spoke to him. I shouldn't be at all surprised-mark what I say!-if he got Peter a better situation."

shouldn - Debería

"Only hear that, Peter," said Mrs. Cratchit.

"And then," cried one of the girls, "Peter will be keeping company with some one, and setting up for himself."

setting - configuración, ajustes, poniente; (set); configuración, ajustes

"Get along with you!" retorted Peter, grinning.

grinning - sonriendo; sonreír abiertamente, sonreír de oreja a oreja

"It's just as likely as not," said Bob, "one of these days; though there's plenty of time for that, my dear. But, however and whenever we part from one another, I am sure we shall none of us forget poor Tiny Tim-shall we-or this first parting that there was among us?"

"Never, father!" cried they all.

"And I know," said Bob, "I know, my dears, that when we[90] recollect how patient and how mild he was, although he was a little, little child, we shall not quarrel easily among ourselves, and forget poor Tiny Tim in doing it."

easily - fácilmente

"No, never, father!" they all cried again.

"I am very happy," said little Bob, "I am very happy!"

Mrs. Cratchit kissed him, his daughters kissed him, the two young Cratchits kissed him, and Peter and himself shook hands. Spirit of Tiny Tim, thy childish essence was from God!

essence - esencia, extracto

"Spectre," said Scrooge, "something informs me that our parting moment is at hand. I know it, but I know not how. Tell me what man that was whom we saw lying dead?"

informs - informar

The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come conveyed him, as before-though at a different time, he thought: indeed, there seemed no order in these latter visions, save that they were in the Future-into the resorts of business men, but showed him not himself. Indeed, the Spirit did not stay for anything, but went straight on, as to the end just now desired, until besought by Scrooge to tarry for a moment.

visions - visiones; vista, visión

resorts - resorts; recurrir (a)

straight on - directamente

desired - deseado; desear, deseo, gana

besought - pidió; rogar, implorar, suplicar

"This court," said Scrooge, "through which we hurry now, is where my place of occupation is, and has been for a length of time. I see the house. Let me behold what I shall be in days to come."

hurry - prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

occupation - ocupación

The Spirit stopped; the hand was pointed elsewhere.

elsewhere - En otro sitio

"The house is yonder," Scrooge exclaimed. "Why do you point away?"

The inexorable finger underwent no change.

inexorable - inexorable

Scrooge hastened to the window of his office, and looked in. It was an office still, but not his. The furniture was not the same, and the figure in the chair was not himself. The Phantom pointed as before.

hastened to - se apresuró a

looked in - mirar dentro; buscar en

furniture - muebles; mobiliario

He joined it once again, and, wondering why and whither he had gone, accompanied it until they reached an iron gate. He paused to look round before entering.

wondering - Te preguntas; (wonder); maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro

look round - mirar alrededor

A churchyard. Here, then, the wretched man, whose name[91] he had now to learn, lay underneath the ground. It was a worthy place. Walled in by houses; overrun by grass and weeds, the growth of vegetation's death, not life; choked up with too much burying; fat with repleted appetite. A worthy place!

underneath - abajo, por debajo, bajos

weeds - Maleza; (weed) Maleza

vegetation - vegetación

burying - enterrar

repleted - repleto

The Spirit stood among the graves, and pointed down to One. He advanced towards it trembling. The Phantom was exactly as it had been, but he dreaded that he saw new meaning in its solemn shape.

graves - umbas; tumba

exactly - exactamente, exacto

"Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point," said Scrooge, "answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?"

Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood.

downward - hacia abajo

"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!"

foreshadow - presagiar

persevered - erseveró; perseverar

The Spirit was immovable as ever.

immovable - inmovible, inamovible

Scrooge crept towards it, trembling as he went; and, following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, Ebenezer Scrooge.

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

"Am I that man who lay upon the bed?" he cried upon his knees.

The finger pointed from the grave to him, and back again.

"No, Spirit! Oh no, no!"

The finger still was there.

"Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?"

intercourse - conversación, coito, acto sexual, relación sexual

For the first time the hand appeared to shake.

shake - agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida, batido

"Good Spirit," he pursued, as down upon the ground he[92] fell before it: "your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me by an altered life?"

pities - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

The kind hand trembled.

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"

strive - esforzarse

sponge - esponja, cafiche, gorrón, cafichear, gorronear, gallofear

In his agony, he caught the spectral hand. It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it. The Spirit, stronger yet, repulsed him.

agony - agonía, angustia

detained - detenido; panish: t-needed

repulsed - repulsado; repulsar

holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fate reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantom's hood and dress. It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.[93]

holding up - aguantar, sostener

prayer - Oración

reversed - invertido; dar marcha atrás

alteration - alteración, cambio, modificación

hood - capucha

collapsed - colapsado; derrumbarse, desplomarse, colapsar, colapso, desplome

dwindled - disminuido; disminuir, agotarse, desaparecer, menguar


Yes! and the bedpost was his own. The bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!

"I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!" Scrooge repeated as he scrambled out of bed. "The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh, Jacob Marley! Heaven and the Christmas Time be praised for this! I say it on my knees, old Jacob; on my knees!"

He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions, that his broken voice would scarcely answer to his call. He had been sobbing violently in his conflict with the Spirit, and his face was wet with tears.

fluttered - leteó; ondear, aletear

intentions - intenciones; intención

sobbing - sollozando; sollozo, sollozante; (sob); hdp

violently - violentamente

conflict - conflicto, discrepancia, discrepar, estar renido, coincidir

"They are not torn down," cried Scrooge, folding one of his bed-curtains in his arms, "they are not torn down, rings and all. They are here-I am here-the shadows of the things that would have been may be dispelled. They will be. I know they will!"

torn down - Derribado

folding - doblando; plegable; (fold) doblando; plegable

His hands were busy with his garments all this time; turning them inside out, putting them on upside down, tearing them, mislaying them, making them parties to every kind of extravagance.

mislaying - xtravío; extraviar, perder

extravagance - extravagancia

"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody![94] A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"

stockings - medias; media

feather - pluma

angel - ángel

giddy - vértigo; mareado, vertiginoso, mareador, mareante, frívolo

whoop - guau; grito/alarido (de alegría)

He had frisked into the sitting-room, and was now standing there: perfectly winded.

frisked - cacheado; vivaracho, juguetear, cachear

winded - sin aliento

"There's the saucepan that the gruel was in!" cried Scrooge, starting off again, and going round the fire-place. "There's the door by which the Ghost of Jacob Marley entered! There's the corner where the Ghost of Christmas Present sat! There's the window where I saw the wandering Spirits! It's all right, it's all true, it all happened. Ha, ha, ha!"

going round - dando vueltas

Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs!

illustrious - ilustre, ínclito

brilliant - brillante, perla

"I don't know what day of the month it is," said Scrooge. "I don't know how long I have been among the Spirits. I don't know anything. I'm quite a baby. Never mind. I don't care. I'd rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!"

He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clash, hammer; ding, dong, bell! Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!

checked in - se ha registrado

transports - transportes; transportar, exiliar, transporte, deportado

churches - iglesias; iglesia, servicio religioso, culto, misa

lustiest - Lujurioso

peals - eals; repique, toque de campanas

clash - chocar; estruendo, escaramuza

hammer - martillo, percutor, malleus, martillar; (ham); martillo

Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sun-light; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious! Glorious!

piping - Tuberías; (pip) Tuberías

heavenly - celestial, celeste

sweet - dulcemente, dulce, caramelo, chuche, confite

"What's to-day?" cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him.

loitered - holgazanear, perder el tiempo, merodear, vagar

"Eh?" returned the boy with all his might of wonder.

"What's to-day, my fine fellow?" said Scrooge.

"To-day!" replied the boy. "Why, Christmas Day."

"It's Christmas Day!" said Scrooge to himself. "I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can[95] do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo, my fine fellow!"

"Hallo!" returned the boy.

"Do you know the Poulterer's in the next street but one, at the corner?" Scrooge inquired.

"I should hope I did," replied the lad.

lad - nino, chico, mozo, mozalbete

"An intelligent boy!" said Scrooge. "A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they've sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there?-Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?"

intelligent - inteligente

ve - e

prize - premio; abrir/levantar con palanca, forzar

"What! the one as big as me?" returned the boy.

"What a delightful boy!" said Scrooge. "It's a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck!"

Buck - macho

"It's hanging there now," replied the boy.

"Is it?" said Scrooge. "Go and buy it."

"Walk-ER!" exclaimed the boy.

er - r; em

"No, no," said Scrooge, "I am in earnest. Go and buy it, and tell 'em to bring it here, that I may give them the directions where to take it. Come back with the man, and I'll give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes, and I'll give you half-a-crown!"

directions - direcciones; dirección

shilling - chelines; chelín; (shill); testaferro, hombre de paja

The boy was off like a shot. He must have had a steady hand at a trigger who could have got a shot off half so fast.

shot - tiro, disparo; (shoot) tiro, disparo

trigger - gatillo, detonador, detonante, desencadenante, disparador

"I'll send it to Bob Cratchit's," whispered Scrooge, rubbing his hands, and splitting with a laugh. "He shan't know who sends it. It's twice the size of Tiny Tim. Joe Miller never made such a joke as sending it to Bob's will be!"

whispered - susurrado; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

rubbing - Frotar; (rub); frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

miller - Molinero, Molina

The hand in which he wrote the address was not a steady one; but write it he did, somehow, and went down-stairs to open the street-door, ready for the coming of the poulterer's man. As he stood there, waiting his arrival, the knocker caught his eye.

arrival - llegada, venida, arribo, arribada

"I shall love it as long as I live!" cried Scrooge, patting it with his hand. "I scarcely ever looked at it before. What an honest expression it has in its face! It's a wonderful knocker[96]!-Here's the Turkey. Hallo! Whoop! How are you? Merry Christmas!"

patting - palmaditas; palmadita, caricia

It was a Turkey! He never could have stood upon his legs, that bird. He would have snapped 'em short off in a minute, like sticks of sealing-wax.

snapped - se rompió; chasquido, crujido, chasquido de dedos, fotografía

sealing-wax - (sealing-wax) Cera de sellado

"Why, it's impossible to carry that to Camden Town," said Scrooge. "You must have a cab."

cab - taxi

The chuckle with which he said this, and the chuckle with which he paid for the Turkey, and the chuckle with which he paid for the cab, and the chuckle with which he recompensed the boy, were only to be exceeded by the chuckle with which he sat down breathless in his chair again, and chuckled till he cried.

recompensed - recompensado; recompensa

exceeded - excedido; sobrepasar, pasarse, exceder

chuckled - se rió; reírse (entre dientes)

Shaving was not an easy task, for his hand continued to shake very much; and shaving requires attention, even when you don't dance while you are at it. But, if he had cut the end of his nose off, he would have put a piece of sticking-plaster over it, and been quite satisfied.

shaving - afeitado; viruta; (shave) afeitado; viruta

task - tarea

continued - continuamos; continuar, seguir

requires - requerir, necesitar

sticking - Pegándose; (stick) Pegándose

He had not gone far when, coming on towards him, he beheld the portly gentleman who had walked into his counting-house the day before, and said, "Scrooge and Marley's, I believe?" It sent a pang across his heart to think how this old gentleman would look upon him when they met; but he knew what path lay straight before him, and he took it.

pang - punzada, dolor agudo

"My dear sir," said Scrooge, quickening his pace, and tak[97]ing the old gentleman by both his hands, "how do you do? I hope you succeeded yesterday. It was very kind of you. A merry Christmas to you, sir!"

quickening - Rápido; (quicken) Rápido

pace - paso

"Mr. Scrooge?"

"Yes," said Scrooge. "That is my name, and I fear it may not be pleasant to you. Allow me to ask your pardon. And will you have the goodness--" Here Scrooge whispered in his ear.

allow - dejar, permitir, conceder

Pardon - perdón, indulto, perdonar, indultar, cómo?, ?perdón?, ?ah?

goodness - bondad

"Lord bless me!" cried the gentleman, as if his breath were taken away. "My Dear Mr. Scrooge, are you serious?"

Dear Mr - Estimado Sr.

"If you please," said Scrooge. "Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in it, I assure you. Will you do me that favour?"

payments - pagos; pago, pago

"My dear sir," said the other, shaking hands with him, "I don't know what to say to such munifi--"

I don't know what to say - No sé qué decir.

munifi - unifi

"Don't say anything, please," retorted Scrooge. "Come and see me. Will you come and see me?"

"I will!" cried the old gentleman. And it was clear he meant to do it.

"Thankee," said Scrooge. "I am much obliged to you. I thank you fifty times. Bless you!"

He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows; and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk-that anything-could give him so much happiness. In the afternoon he turned his steps towards his nephew's house.

hurrying - Prisa; (hurry); prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

patted - palmaditas; palmadita, caricia

steps - pasos; paso

He passed the door a dozen times before he had the courage to go up and knock. But he made a dash, and did it.

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

Dash - raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse, romper

"Is your master at home, my dear?" said Scrooge to the girl. Nice girl! Very.

"Yes sir."

"Where is he, my love?" said Scrooge.[98]

"He's in the dining-room, sir, along with mistress. I'll show you up-stairs, if you please."

dining - cenar

"Thankee. He knows me," said Scrooge, with his hand already on the dining-room lock. "I'll go in here, my dear."

He turned it gently, and sidled his face in round the door. They were looking at the table (which was spread out in great array); for these young housekeepers are always nervous on such points, and like to see that everything is right.

array - atavío, galas, distribución, ristra, gama, vector, arreglo

"Fred!" said Scrooge.

Dear heart alive, how his niece by marriage started! Scrooge had forgotten, for the moment, about her sitting in the corner with the footstool, or he wouldn't have done it on any account.

"Why, bless my soul!" cried Fred, "who's that?"

"It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred?"

Let him in! It is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off. He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier. His niece looked just the same. So did Topper when he came. So did the plump sister when she came. So did every one when they came. Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!

heartier - más fuerte; carinoso, de corazón, cordial, corpulento, nutritivo

unanimity - unanimidad

But he was early at the office next morning. Oh, he was early there! If he could only be there first, and catch Bob Cratchit coming late! That was the thing he had set his heart upon.

And he did it; yes, he did! The clock struck nine. No Bob. A quarter past. No Bob. He was full eighteen minutes and a half behind his time. Scrooge sat with his door wide open, that he might see him come into the tank.

His hat was off before he opened the door; his comforter too. He was on his stool in a jiffy; driving away with his pen, as if he were trying to overtake nine o'clock.

in a jiffy - En un abrir y cerrar de ojos

driving away - alejarse en coche; ahuyentar

overtake - rebasar, sobrepasar, adelantar, alcanzar, superar, sorprender

"Hallo!" growled Scrooge in his accustomed voice as near[99] as he could feign it. "What do you mean by coming here at this time of day?"

feign - fingir, inventar, aparentar, imaginar

coming here - venir aquí

"I am very sorry, sir," said Bob. "I am behind my time."

"You are!" repeated Scrooge. "Yes. I think you are. Step this way, sir, if you please."

"It's only once a year, sir," pleaded Bob, appearing from the tank. "It shall not be repeated. I was making rather merry yesterday, sir."

"Now, I'll tell you what, my friend," said Scrooge. "I am not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. And therefore," he continued, leaping from his stool, and giving Bob such a dig in the waistcoat that he staggered back into the tank again: "and therefore I am about to raise your salary!"

leaping - saltando; saltar, brincar

dig - cavar

staggered - escalonada; tambalearse

salary - salario, sueldo, salariar

Bob trembled, and got a little nearer to the ruler. He had a momentary idea of knocking Scrooge down with it, holding him, and calling to the people in the court for help and a strait-waistcoat.

momentary - momentánea; momentáneo

knocking - Golpeando; (knock); golpe, golpear

Strait - estrecho, paso, aprieto

"A merry Christmas, Bob!" said Scrooge with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. "A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I'll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob! Make up the fires and buy another coal-scuttle before you dot another i, Bob Cratchit!

be mistaken - equivocarse

endeavour - esfuerzo; esforzarse

affairs - asuntos; negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

smoking - Fumar; (smoke) Fumar

bishop - obispo

scuttle - echar a correr

Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old City knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.

infinitely - infinitamente

borough - istrito; municipio, concejo

Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people[100] did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and, knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.

heeded - oído; importar, prestar atención, poner atención

anyway - aún así, a pesar de todo, igualmente, de todos modos

grins - sonrisas; sonreír abiertamente, sonreír de oreja a oreja

malady - malestar; mal

attractive - atractivo, atrayente

He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total-Abstinence Principle ever afterwards; and it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any Man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

abstinence - vigilia, abstinencia

principle - principio

Man alive - Hombre vivo

possessed - poseído; poseer

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