A Christmas Carol

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The crippled son of Bob Cratchit, he can be seen sitting on his father’s shoulder or struggling along with his crutch. But far from being a symbol of suffering, Tim is the merriest, bravest character of all, always reminding others of the spirit of Christmas. The thought of Tiny Tim’s death, and its confirmation in the vision of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, fills Scrooge with regret.

Tiny Tim Quotes in A Christmas Carol

The A Christmas Carol quotes below are all either spoken by Tiny Tim or refer to Tiny Tim. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of A Christmas Carol published in 2003.
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'God bless us every one!'

Related Characters: Tiny Tim (speaker)
Page Number: 82
Explanation and Analysis:

At their Christmas meal, all of the members of the Cratchit family toast. Bob wishes his family a merry Christmas and asks God to bless them. In this quote, Tiny Tim pipes up with one of the most famous lines from the novella, "God bless us every one!" 

Though very young and frail, Tiny Tim maintains a good attitude, fueled by the love and care he is given from his family. He and his family know that his health is precarious such that he may not be at the table the following Christmas. Yet, despite his misfortune, he spreads love and good cheer, and wishes blessings upon every person he meets. This is the kind of sentiment that the Ghost wants Scrooge to learn: that everyone, poor or rich, deserves kindness and generosity. A world full of greed just begets more greed, whereas a world full of charity and goodness will beget more goodness. As the night progresses, Scrooge learns to embody the sentiments of the young, fragile boy, and to wish happiness upon everyone (particularly around Christmastime), regardless of their situation. 

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Tiny Tim Character Timeline in A Christmas Carol

The timeline below shows where the character Tiny Tim appears in A Christmas Carol. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...has greeted them, they see Mr. Cratchit arrive, carrying the youngest of their children, Tiny Tim, and Martha goes to hide to surprise him. She doesn’t let the joke go on... (full context)
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Then Tim comes back into the room and the goose is brought out. All the trimmings are... (full context)
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After dinner they have hot drinks by the fire and toast to Christmas. Tiny Tim sits next to his father and says heartily, “God bless us every one”. Scrooge eagerly... (full context)
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...is so tired that she might sleep all day tomorrow. Then they listen to Tiny Tim sing a song. And though they don’t have much, they seem contented, as if they... (full context)
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...took a child, and set him in the midst of them.” Scrooge realizes that Tiny Tim has died. Bob is due home but one of the children says he’s been walking... (full context)
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...comfort him. Bob is pleasant with everybody. He has been to see the place where Tim will be buried – he is pleased to find it green. He promised Tim he... (full context)
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...but that they will never forget this time together, and their first loss, of Tiny Tim, and how very good he was. (full context)
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The narrator ends by saying that Scrooge does all that he promises, and more. Tiny Tim survives and thrives. Scrooge is popular with many, and it doesn't bother him that some... (full context)