"The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open, that he might keep an eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell"
Fred, Scrooge’s nephew arrives to wish him Merry Christmas and to invite him to spend Christmas with him but Scrooge refuses rudely. Two Charity Men also visit and Scrooge refuses to give them any money “are there no prisons?
Scrooge arrives home and sees the face of Jacob Marley in the door knocker.
Later that evening the ghost of Jacob Marley appears – he is wrapped in heavy chains and is doomed to wandering the earth. Marley says Scrooge will end up the same as him if he doesn’t change and that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits who are the only chance Scrooge has of saving himself.
"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."