The chimes: The chimes: Toby "Trotty" Veck, a poor working man, loses his faith in human nature and comes to believe that he and his fellow poor are naturally vicious. Then he is afforded a nightmare vision of his loved ones' future after his death. The cricket on the hearth: The cricket who sits and chirps from the hearth of John and Dot Peerybingle acts as a guarding angel to the family. The seven poor travelers: On Christmas Eve, a traveling gentleman happens upon a house in a quaint little village that houses up to six travelers each evening. He decides to treat them all to a Christmas dinner and to tell them a story around the fireplace, a story of a soldier who finds the true meaning of forgiveness and redemption. A Christmas carol: A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.