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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Book

The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

Charles Dickens

2016-12-10

Read The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens. This fiction stuff can get kinda peoply. Anyway, the basic plot, as I doubt anyone has read it, is a ghost gives a Chemistry teacher, who likes to brood, the option of deleting memories of past sorrow. He takes the offer and the ghost makes the forgetting infectious. But rather than becoming cheery, it kinda turns him and those he has contact with into psychopaths. In the end, the curse goes away and everyone is better, learning, I suppose, the necessity of being conscious of human suffering.