I have endeavoured in this ghostly little book to raise the ghost of an idea, that shall not put my reader out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful friend and servant,

Charles Dickens,

December, 1843

I, too, have endeavoured in this book to explore the history, the truth, and the future of Dickens' most famous characters, or close to them. Who was:

- Ebenezer Scrooge?

- Jacob Marley?

- Bob Cratchit?

- His son, Tiny Tim?

Dickens' faithful friend and servant,


August, 2009