This idea, ��the double-ganger� as the Scots say, is a very awful
one, as I have oft times thought. Fancy, on a wild night, such as
this, rising from disturbed feverish sleep, and fed by strange, half-
supernatural whim and spirit-prompting to wander forth mid the
snow drift and blustering wind flow. The Streets all ghostly and
lone, wind roaring fiercely. Suddenly a figure passes, turning
his face full upon you, � with what intense Horror would you see �
Yourself! Alike in feature, look and demeanour. Or take
it in another light. I have often fancied a Spirit-self aping
by night my own acts during day. Sitting drawing as I do. � and
this idea is more ghastly when extended � Imagine a great city by
night, spectral shades thronging throught the streets � the mart �
the bank all full of ghostly �mockers and mowers� of the days
life. The finest bit of the supernatural in Dicken�s is Scrooge
looking up at a disused bell in the lone house, when it begins softy to
ring, and so do all the bells in the house.
6. Saturday. Making a drawing for title to Andrew�s �Newsboy.�
Joe called in the evening, (as he wanted another book.) Going to quit his
present leech-selling occupation.
7. Sunday. Walk on the battery with Hart and Mapother. In
the afternoon Mr Greatbatch and the boys calling, accompanied them home
and remained the remainder of the day, there.
8. Monday. Writing to M the greater part of the day.