The following extract comes from the beginning of stave three in A Christmas Carol. Scrooge has just met the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come:
‘The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.
It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. But for this it would have been difficult to detach its figure from the night, and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded.
He felt that it was tall and stately when it came beside him, and that its mysterious presence filled him with a solemn dread. He knew no more, for the Spirit neither spoke nor moved.’
Starting with this extract, explore the importance of the three spirits in A Christmas Carol:
- The importance of the spirit in the extract
- The importance of all three spirits in the novel as a whole