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A Christmas carol Charles DICKENS - Pitbook.com

A Christmas carol Charles DICKENS - Pitbook.com

was not the same, and

was not the same, and the figure in the chair was nothimself.The Phantom pointed as before. He joined it once again,and wondering why and whither he had gone,accompanied it until they reached an iron gate. He pausedto look round before entering.A churchyard. Here, then, the wretched man whosename he had now to learn, lay underneath the ground. Itwas a worthy place. Walled in by houses; overrun by grassand weeds, the growth of vegetation's death, not life;choked up with too much burying; fat with repletedappetite. A worthy place.The Spirit stood among the graves, and pointed down toOne. He advanced towards it trembling. The Phantom wasexactly as it had been, but he dreaded that he saw newmeaning in its solemn shape.`Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point,'said Scrooge, `answer me one question. Are these theshadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows ofthings that May be, only.'Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by whichit stood.`Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which,if persevered in, they must lead,' said Scrooge. `But if thecourses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it isthus with what you show me.'The Spirit was immovable as ever.Scrooge crept towards it, trembling as he went; and

following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglectedgrave his own name, Ebenezer Scrooge.`Am I that man who lay upon the bed.' he cried, uponhis knees.The finger pointed from the grave to him, and backagain.`No, Spirit. Oh no, no.'The finger still was there.`Spirit.' he cried, tight clutching at its robe,' hear me. Iam not the man I was. I will not be the man I must havebeen but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I ampast all hope.'For the first time the hand appeared to shake.`Good Spirit,' he pursued, as down upon the ground hefell before it:' Your nature intercedes for me, and pitiesme. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows youhave shown me, by an altered life.'The kind hand trembled.`I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep itall the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and theFuture. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Iwill not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me Imay sponge away the writing on this stone.'In his agony, he caught the spectral hand. It sought tofree itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detainedit. The Spirit, stronger yet, repulsed him.Holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fateaye reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantom's hood

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