Dickens' creation Ebenezer Scrooge was the pinnacle of miserliness, a man who drew pleasure only from money and the misery of others.
Could a real person ever have been as tight as Scrooge?
Introducing John Elwes, the possible inspiration for the character. Elwes was known for wearing clothes he found, fighting rats for food and making his servants ill by refusing to heat his home.
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