He is described as having unpleasant, sharp features in his face, such as, “pointed nose” and “thin lips” with “red eyes” and “wiry chin.” All of these things add to his thin, mean look and unpleasant personality. He is so cold hearted that even his body temperature is cold. He is like an ice box in a room, “he iced his office.” Nothing can warm him up, we are told, “No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him.” He is likened to the wintry weather by Dickens, “No wind was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose.” But Dickens says that even the weather can be described as “coming down handsomely.” Scrooge can’t be described like this he is so mean that even bad weather is better than him!
The animals in the street see Scrooge for how unpleasant he is, sensing his presence, “They tugged their owners into doorways.” Scrooge is hated by everybody, we are told nobody ever stopped him and we see that even the beggars are scared of him, “no beggar implored him to bestow a trifle.” He enjoys being like is, as he hates everybody around him, “but what did Scrooge care? It was the very thing he liked—-wanting all human sympathy to keep its distance.” Dickens describes the scene and the weather of a particular Christmas eve- it fits Scrooges personality very well, “It was cold bleak biting weather.”
Dickens tells us that the fog is really bad he says, “The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole.” He describes the houses opposite where Scrooge lives as “mere phantoms.” This is the first mention of ghosts and so is a hint of what will come. Scrooge has a fire in his office but it can’t give much heat, because it is described as “a very small fire.” This adds to the impression we already have of his meanness and this is made even worse by the description of his clerk’s fire, “it looked like one coal.” We think his clerk is scared of him, “but he couldn’t replenish it”
When Scrooges nephew enters the office the atmosphere changes and he is in strong contrast of everybody, and everything around him. We are told, “He had so heated himself–he was all in a glow–his face was ruddy and handsome, his eyes sparkled.” Scrooge’s unpleasant miserable nature comes out in his reaction to his nephew when he says, “Bah Humbug!” In contrast to this his nephew is described as having a “cheerful voice,” he is happy and bright and not afraid of Scrooge.
Scrooge thinks happiness depends on money, “What reasons have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” but the irony is that Scrooge is unhappy and miserable, because he’s alone, although he is filthy rich. His nephew answers, “What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.” Scrooge is permanently cross and won’t be cheered up, he’s happy being miserable, “Don’t be cross uncle? What else can I be?”
In conclusion throughout this first section of the novel, we see that Dickens leads his readers to react to Scrooge in a negative way. We do not feel any sympathy for him and we see how mean and unpleasant he is through the way he speaks and his actions. Dickens’ descriptions of him, by liking him to the weather using similes, makes us dislike scrooge.