The First of the Three Spirits

Harry Furniss


14.4 x 9.2 cm framed

Seventh illustration for A Christmas Carol in The Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 8, facing page 40.

This amalgam of three visual elements juxtaposes Scrooge's essential isolation as a child (right) with only books for company when the other students went home on holidays with the purity of the countryside in which the somewhat dilapidated school was located. [Commentary continued below.]

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  • The child-old man spirit guide
  • Scrooge's old schoolhouse
  • Young Scrooge reading
  • Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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