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#TriviaTuesday - Who comprised the ghostly quartet in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol"?


You all remember the story:

Elderly miser with hardened heart “Bah! Humbugs” Christmas and earns a visit from four -- count ‘em -- four ghosts who eventually produce a change of heart in the gruff old fellow.

Yes indeed, Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by:

The Ghost of his old business partner, the heartless Jacob Marley, now chained in eternal torment, who warns Scrooge not to live as he did, lest he endure the same fate. Marley foretells the visit of three more ghosts.


The Ghost of Christmas Past who bears vignettes of Ebenezer as a lonely boy and young man.

The Ghost of Christmas Present who presents visions of the poor and the sickly son of his overworked and underpaid employee, Bob Cratchit.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come who reveals a hauntingly dark future in which Cratchit’s son has died because his family could not afford the care he needed, previews Scrooge’s own lonely grave and the sarcastic remarks made about him by others upon hearing of his death.

As we all know, thanks to his four ghostly visitors, Ebenezer Scrooge becomes a changed man with an open mind and a tender heart.

In the end Tiny Tim, alive and imbued with Christmas spirit, proclaims, “God bless us, every one!”

Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” is available to library cardholders in a variety of media on-shelf and online at MidPointe Library:


And through Hoopla:

Christmas trivia for this article was found in “The Inspirational Christmas Almanac : Heartwarming Traditions, Trivia, Stories, and Recipes for the Holidays” published by Honor Books in 2006.  Available for check-out at MidPointe Library.