It’s almost time for another read through. But it strikes me at the moment that while, yes, Marley was there to tell Scrooge there would be three ghosts, that doesn’t really influence him in any way.
“Oh? Three ghosts I must progress through? Then I’d better start looking at this as an external problem!”
That doesn’t make sense. But there is something else going on with Marley that would impact him.
“Oh? You’ve got yards and yards of heavy chains you have to carry around? And my chains are currently seven years longer than yours? And there’s a whole world of tormented spirits present right outside my window that would give anything if only they could go back and give up their attitudes to deal with others situations? Maybe i’d better start looking at this as an external problem!” That makes a lot more sense! Ill have to see if feels like it bears out during this years reading.