"Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that."
Every year Christmas Carol fans get a fright seeing Jacob Marley appear in a new and wondrous way at Goodman Theatre.
But audience members might be curious as to what lead to Marley's original demise. There are clues in Charles Dickens' original text:
"Though [Scrooge] looked the phantom through and through, and saw it standing before him; though he felt the chilling influence of its death-cold eyes; and marked the very texture of the folded kerchief bound about its head and chin, which wrapper he had not observed before; he was still incredulous, and fought against his senses. But how much greater was his horror, when the phantom taking off the bandage round its head, as if it were too warm to wear in-doors, its lower jaw dropped down upon its breast!"
We found a great resources on the subject and a slew of other fun clips about Mr. Marley from around the internet. Enjoy!