Scrooge Extinguishes the First of The Three Spirits

John Leech


Steel engraving

6.7 cm x 5.3 cm vignetted (2 ⅝ inches high by 2 inches wide)

Fourth illustration in A Christmas Carol (London: Chapman and Hall, 1843), tailpiece, p. 73, concludes "Stave Two: The First of the Three Spirits."

The fourth illustration is John Leech's realisation of what Freudians might term "suppression" of painful memories. [Commentary continued below.]

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