Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

 

Background.

item “Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1).

item A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.

 

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Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley.

Context.

item The quote is a description of Jacob Marley, the former business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol. who is now now long dead.

item Jacob Marley died seven years prior to the setting of A Christmas Carol, on the same day it is set, Christmas Eve. His ghost visits Scrooge but this quote is used by Dickens to confirm to the reader at the outset of the story that he is definitely dead.

 

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