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;5 made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime6 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.

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In paragraph 6 of the first stave, "Marley's Ghost," Dickens uses a figure of speech called simile to describe Scrooge's character. In a simile, two different things are compared using the words "as" or "like." So, for instance, we might say of someone that they're "as strong as an ox" or that they're "like a bull in a china shop" if they're behaving recklessly.


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