"To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring
everything, one might have thought that Nature
lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale"
Perhaps the fog could be seen as the "wool pulled over people's eyes (Pg 11) where as it obscured all. The contrasts of rich and poor are displayed in the difference of the men waming themselves in the fire outside and the mayor in his house with his 50 cooks preparing the Christmas meal.
The hearse going up the stairs as if there were room for change. but I mean to say you
might have got a hearse up that staircase, and taken
it broadwise, with the splinter-bar towards the wall
and the door towards the balustrades: and done it
easy. There was plenty of width for that, and room
to spare; which is perhaps the reason why Scrooge
thought he saw a locomotive hearse going on before
him in the gloom.
The hat on the spirit of christmas' past's head
"What.' exclaimed the Ghost,' would you so soon put
out, with worldly hands, the light I give. Is it not enough that you are one of those whose passions made this cap, and force me through whole trains of years to wear it low upon
Scrooge reverently disclaimed all intention to offend
or any knowledge of having wilfully bonneted the Spirit at
any period of his life. He then made bold to inquire what
business brought him there.