"The ways were foul and narrow; the shops and houses wretched; the people half-naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly. Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell dirt, and life, upon the struggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime; with filth, and misery".(page 72)
This quote describes the reality of the poverty that people were living in. In this picture, the Ghost of Christmases yet to come resides in the background, Scrooge stands to the right, and the homeless people in this scene stand together on the left.