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.