Travel in London Circa 1843

In Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” the protagonist Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge’s main mode of transportation seems to be his ability to walk. There is no scene in either the written text or in any of the movie adaptations that I have seen where he happens to be a passenger in an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Certainly in the London, England circa 1843 in which he lived this invention was not yet a commonplace. There were occasions where he rode in a horse drawn carriage. Obviously the point of all this is to say that there is absolutely no possibility that Mr. Scrooge would find himself in a car accident and less possibility still that he would find himself sitting in the lobby of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop.

Another reason why Mr. Scrooge would never be in the position to find himself in the lobby of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop is because he was physically located in London, England. The distance between London, England and Salt Lake City, Utah is approximately 4,858 miles. Accordingly, there is no logical reason why Mr. Scrooge would find himself in an auto body repair shop located in Salt Lake City, Utah as the result of a car accident he experienced in London, England. Obviously, he would seek out an auto body repair shop in London under those circumstances.

Now, it also bears mentioning that Mr. Scrooge probably would not suffer the accident in the first place. The most obvious reason for this prediction is not only because he was never a passenger in an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, but also because the horse drawn vehicles in which he was a passenger were powered by horses. This is to say that the vehicle is powered by a self aware engine that is capable to a certain extent of avoiding accidents in the first place.