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of the Christmas Present is the second of the three spirits that are visiting Scrooge. Unlike the first Spirit, the second Spirit is a huge, earthy figure, evocative of Father Christmas. The Ghost is similar to several Greek and Roman Gods. But its still a god Ghost because for instance, the spirit wears a scabbard but does not carry a sword, suggesting victory of peace over warfare. The Spirit also wears a fur-lined green robe and on his head a holly wreath set with shining icicles. He carries a large torch, made to resemble a Cornucopia, and appears accompanied by a great feast. He states that he has had "more than eighteen hundred" brothers (in fact eighteen hundred and forty two) and later reveals the ability to change his size to fit into any space.He visits numerous homes and scenes with this spirit, two of these are tremendously important. The First is to the home of his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Here, Scrooge learns of the immense poverty in which his clerk and family live, and especially of the illness of Cratichit´s son, Tiny Tim. Through the ghost, he learns that Tiny Tim´s plight is desperate, and that without intervention he will die before next Christmas. The other visit that Scrooge makes is to his nephew´s home, where his views of hating Christmas become a source of great merriment. Instead of being frustrated and annoyed with the jokes made at his expense, he appears to enjoy them, and is animated and excited throughout the party at his nephew´s house. On the end of this chapter a vital exchange between Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present occurs, because the Spirit reveals that he is concealing two demon children in his robes, which he calls Ignorance and Want.

= Ignorance and Want