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A Christmas Carol
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specter -- as in: specter of national poverty
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A Christmas Carol
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  • There was something very awful, too, in the spectre’s being provided with an infernal atmosphere of its own.
  • Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain and wrung its shadowy hands.
  • The truth is, that he tried to be smart, as a means of distracting his own attention, and keeping down his terror; for the spectre’s voice disturbed the very marrow in his bones.
  • Scrooge was very much dismayed to hear the spectre going on at this rate, and began to quake exceedingly.
  • When it had said these words, the spectre took its wrapper from the table, and bound it round its head, as before.
  • The spectre, after listening for a moment, joined in the mournful dirge; and floated out upon the bleak, dark night.
  • The apparition walked backward from him; and at every step it took, the window raised itself a little, so that when the spectre reached it, it was wide open.
  • But finding that he turned uncomfortably cold when he began to wonder which of his curtains this new spectre would draw back, he put them every one aside with his own hands; and lying down again, established a sharp look-out all round the bed.
  • He thought of it, felt how easy it would be to do, and longed to do it; but had no more power to withdraw the veil than to dismiss the spectre at his side.
  • "At this time of the rolling year," the spectre said, "I suffer most.
  • "Ghost of the Future!" he exclaimed, "I fear you more than any spectre I have seen.
  • "Spectre," said Scrooge, "something informs me that our parting moment is at hand.

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  • From where I sit on the field, he’s a bizarre specter, so frail and ashen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It was my father, standing on my doorstep like some awful specter summoned by my hatefulness.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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