"Would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give? Is it not enough that you are one of those whose passions made this cap, and force me through whole trains of years, to wear it low upon my brow!" (Stave II, Dickens, A Christmas Carol). The Ghost of Christmas past was meant to represent a candle, or the light of truth. Scrooge is one of the people who ignores the truth and welfare of others (like the poor) for his own selfish desires.