"'My dear sir,' said the other, shaking hands with him. 'I don't know what to say to such munifi...'" Subsequent to his change of heart, Scrooge gives an extremely generous amount to benefit the poor. However, the collector's enormous surprise at the sum is evidence that it was quite rare for the rich to reach down to help the poor, and how delighted people are to see charity. It is a plea to the readers to make a change to this rarity in society. This painting of Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son is to me a beautiful illustration of the reward that Scrooge and all of us can receive when we turn our hearts, and extend our hands, to our fellow men.