He turns away two men who seek a donation from him in order to provide food and heating for the poor, and only grudgingly allows his overworked, underpaid clerkBob CratchitChristmas Day off with pay to conform to the social custom. Marley tells Scrooge that he has a single chance to avoid the same fate: Finally, they visit a now-married Belle with her large, happy family on the Christmas Eve that Marley died.
SpiritSoulwikt: The Germanic word is recorded as masculine only, but likely continues a neuter s-stem. In Germanic paganism" Germanic Mercury ", and the later Odinwas at the same time the conductor of the dead and the "lord of fury" leading the Wild Hunt. Besides denoting the human spirit or soul, both of the living and the deceased, the Old English word is used as a synonym of Latin spiritus also in the meaning of "breath" or "blast" from the earliest attestations 9th century.
It could also denote any good or evil spirit, such as angels and demons; the Anglo-Saxon gospel refers to the demonic possession of Matthew Also from the Old English period, the word could denote the spirit of God, viz.
The now-prevailing sense of "the soul of a deceased person, spoken of as appearing in a visible form" only emerges in Middle English 14th century.
The modern noun does, however, retain a wider field of application, extending on one hand to "soul", "spirit", " vital principle ", " mind ", or " psyche ", the seat of feeling, thought, and moral judgement; on the other hand used figuratively of any shadowy outline, or fuzzy or unsubstantial image; in optics, photography, and cinematography especially, a flare, secondary image, or spurious signal.
It appeared in Scottish Romanticist literature, and acquired the more general or figurative sense of portent or omen.
In 18th- to 19th-century Scottish literature, it also applied to aquatic spirits. The word has no commonly accepted etymology; the OED notes "of obscure origin" only.
Also related is the concept of a fetchthe visible ghost or spirit of a person yet alive. Typology Relief from a carved funerary lekythos at Athens showing Hermes as psychopomp conducting the soul of the deceased, Myrrhine into Hades ca.
Anthropological context Further information: AnimismAncestor worshipOrigin of religionand Anthropology of religion A notion of the transcendentsupernaturalor numinoususually involving entities like ghosts, demonsor deitiesis a cultural universal. Some people believe the ghost or spirit never leaves Earth until there is no-one left to remember the one who died.
Strategies for preventing revenants may either include sacrificei. The bodies found in many tumuli kurgan had been ritually bound before burial,  and the custom of binding the dead persists, for example, in rural Anatolia. This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as the Egyptian Book of the Deadwhich shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.
This is universally the case in pre-modern folk cultures, but fear of ghosts also remains an integral aspect of the modern ghost storyGothic horrorand other horror fiction dealing with the supernatural.
Common attributes Another widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material. In the BibleGod is depicted as synthesising Adamas a living soul, from the dust of the Earth and the breath of God.
In many traditional accounts, ghosts were often thought to be deceased people looking for vengeance vengeful ghostsor imprisoned on earth for bad things they did during life. The appearance of a ghost has often been regarded as an omen or portent of death. White ladies were reported to appear in many rural areas, and supposed to have died tragically or suffered trauma in life.
White Lady legends are found around the world.
Common to many of them is the theme of losing a child or husband and a sense of purity, as opposed to the Lady in Red ghost that is mostly attributed to a jilted lover or prostitute.
The White Lady ghost is often associated with an individual family line or regarded as a harbinger of death similar to a banshee.A Christmas Carol, probably the most popular story that Charles Dickens ever wrote, was published in The book is as popular today as it was over years ago.
Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year round. A Christmas Carol opens on a bleak, cold Christmas Eve in London, seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner, Jacob Marley.
Scrooge, an ageing miser, dislikes Christmas and refuses a dinner invitation from his nephew Fred—the son of Fan, Scrooge's dead initiativeblog.comher: Chapman & Hall.
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