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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. It is a story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean and heartless miser, who is visited by four spirits one Christmas Eve. The visits change Scrooge forever. In this passage, Scrooge is visited by the last of the spirits. The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, “You are about to show me shadows of the approached. When it came near him, Scrooge things that have not happened, but will happen bent down upon his knee; for in the very air in the time before us,” Scrooge pursued. “Is that through which this Spirit moved it seemed to so, Spirit?” scatter gloom and mystery. The upper portion of the garment was It was shrouded in a deep black contracted for an instant in its folds, as if garment, which concealed its head, the Spirit had inclined its head. That was its face, its form, and left nothing the only answer he received. of it visible save one outstretched Although well used to ghostly hand. But for this it would have company by this time, Scrooge feared been difficult to detach its figure the silent shape so much that his legs from the night, and separate it trembled beneath him, and he found that from the darkness by which it was he could hardly stand when he prepared surrounded. to follow it. The Spirit paused a moment, He felt that it was tall and as observing his condition, and giving him stately when it came beside him, time to recover. and that its mysterious presence But Scrooge was all the worse for this. Scrooge meets the filled him with a solemn dread. He It thrilled him with a vague uncertain last of the spirits. horror, to know that behind the dusky knew no more, for the Spirit neither spoke nor moved. shroud, there were ghostly eyes intently “I am in the presence of the Ghost of fixed upon him, while he, though he stretched Christmas Yet To Come?” said Scrooge. his own to the utmost, could see nothing but a The Spirit answered not, but pointed onward spectral hand and one great heap of black. with its hand.

Setting the Mood
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