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Like Christmas morning itself - when each present represents a discrete mystery separate from the last - the Christmas Carol is divided into a set of episodes The books chapters are episodic with the duration of each spirit a single episode Within each chapter there a number of discrete scenes that can be considered separately and called episodes While the division into episodes becomes predictable the way Scrooge and the ghost physically move between these intra-chapter episodes is not predictable One example of such movement occurs when the present spirit and Scrooge travel from the miners village to a lighthouse over a frightful range of rocks and a dismal reef of sunken rocks some league or so from shore on their way to the lighthouse 56 In this case the movement is very prominent both we and Scrooge are aware of the movement In each chapter the prominence of this inter-episode movement is consistent within the chapter but different than in other chapters The most fundamental difference is between the prominence of the inter-episode movement in the future on one hand and the present and past on the other In the past Scrooge and the spirit left the high-road by a well remembered lane and soon approached a mansion of dull red brick 29 As when he is moving toward the lighthouse in the present Scrooge is explicitly aware of the movement he is making Scrooge experiences not only the episodes but also the movement between episodes as discrete events In the future Scrooges awareness of the time between episodes disappears When in the future they move from Scrooges bedroom to the city center they scarcely seemed to enter the city for the city seemed to spring up about them 66 Later in the chapter Scrooge recoiled in terror for the scene had changed without any signal 72 Like the future spirit itself movement in the future cannot be seen or heard The past however
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