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Marley's Ghost prototype bookend produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, circa 1990. Marley's Ghost is the haunting character from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The specter of Ebenezer Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley, the ghost comes back to haunt Scrooge on Christmas Eve seven years after Marley's death, proclaiming the tight-fisted miser would be visited by three spirits and warning his former partner to change his ways. The ghost, as described by Scrooge, had a "chilling influence of his death-cold eyes - the folder 'kerchief bound about its head and chin - the chain made of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledger, deeds and heavy purses."
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