"Scrooge Extinguishes the First of The Three Spirits"


John Leech's wood engraving in the second stave of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol illustrates Ebenezer Scrouge using an extinguisher cap to smother the first ghost he encounters after revisiting a memory with his past lover Fanny. This is a caricature that accompanies the ending of Stave 2. The image represents a suppression of memories, likely alluding to Dickens' own memories of his sister, who was also named Fanny.

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