Now to the point of the post. Everyone knows Jacob Marley; Scooge's long since dead partner dragging around the chains of past wrongs. But, what you miss out by only watching this story on television or in the theatre is the social commentary. In particular, in the last throws of the first chapter, Dickens makes reference to the sins of those in government that could be mistaken for a blogger's post on the same subject and a powerful statement about the personal hell sown and sewn by the living administration (e.g. the muderers in the W, Rove and Co.). Have a look (from page 24 of my library borrowed copy - oh, and on a side note, let's hope the W, Rove and Co don't solicit my record of check outs by means of the illegial Patriot Act and lock me away in some Gitmo kind of place for typing this):
The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains like Marley's Ghost; some few (they might be guilty governments) were linked together; none were free [emphasis, but not the parethetical, added]. Many had been personally known to Scrooge in their lives. He had been quite familiar with one old ghost, in a white waistcoat, with a monstrous iron safe attached to its ankle, who cried piteously at being unable to assist a wretched woman with an infant, whom it saw below, upon a doorstep. The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.