Extract and image are taken from A Christmas Carol: in prose: being a ghost story of Christmas.
“How now!” said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever. “What do you want with me?”
“Much!” – Marley’s voice, no doubt about it.
“Who are you?”
“Ask me who I was.”
“Who were you then?” said Scrooge, raising his voice. “You’re particular – for a shade.” He was going to say “to a shade,” but substituted this, as more appropriate.
“In life I was your partner, Jacob Marley.”
Jacob Marley is a ghost who appears in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He is Scrooge’s deceased business partner, now a chained a tormented ghost, given as punishment in the afterlife for his greedy, selfish and uncaring attitude when he was living. Marley arranges three spirits to visit Scrooge (Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future), offering him and opportunity for redemption.