The ghost of christmas past

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  • The Ghost of Christmas past.
    • Ephemeral.
      • " What was light one instant, at another time was dark, so the figure itself fluctuated in its distinctness.
      • The ghost is surreal and strange.
      • It flickers like a candle, and seems to reflect the fact that Scrooges's past behaviour can be redeemed.
    • Gentle.
      • "The Spirit gazed upon him mildly. Its gentle touch, though it has been light and instantaneous, appeared still present to the old man's sense of feeling.
      • The words "mildly"  and "gentle" give us the overall sense that the ghost is well-meaning.
    • Quiet.
      • " Your welfare!" said the ghost.
      • When scrooge asks the ghost what its business is that evening, the response is short and to the point.
      • The ghost does not waste words.
    • Firm.
      • It put out its strong hand as it spoke, and clasped him gently by the arm. "Rise! and walk with me!"
      • The imperatives (verbs in command form) 'Rise' and 'walk' show that the ghost is to be obeyed. It has control here.


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