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|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1913) Feature|
"The finger pointed from the grave to him, and back again.|
'No, Spirit. Oh no, no.'
The finger still was there.
'Spirit.' he cried, tight clutching at its robe,' hear me.
I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must
have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I
am past all hope.'
For the first time the hand appeared to shake.
'Good Spirit,' he pursued, as down upon the ground he
fell before it: 'Your nature intercedes for me, and pities
me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you
have shown me, by an altered life.'
The kind hand trembled.
I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it
all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the
Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I
will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I
may sponge away the writing on this stone.'
In his agony, he caught the spectral hand. It sought to
free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it.
The Spirit, stronger yet, repulsed him.
Holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fate aye
reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantom's hood and dress.
It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost."
- A Christmas Carol, Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits