Describe the appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol

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To begin, the ghost was "like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man." The spirit seems to embody the innocence of children and yet possesses the wisdom associated with age: two things we typically do not think of as going together. Usually as we gain wisdom, we lose our innocence. The ghost has long, white hair that hangs down its back, but the "tenderest bloom" on the skin. Its arms are "long and muscular," as though it has a great deal of strength, and yet its legs are "delicately formed." The spirit is certainly a strange combination of old and young. It also wears a tunic of white—again, as if to symbolize its purity and innocence—trimmed with "summer flowers," and it carries a "branch of fresh green holly."

Even more curious is that "from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light," and he carries "a great extinguisher" as a hat.  An extinguisher is the small bell-shaped apparatus, usually at the end of a long stick, which one would use to...

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