In stave 4, Scrooge has died (although he doesn't know it yet), and he witnesses an interaction among some individuals who have stolen from him and the man to whom they pawn his goods, Old Joe. Joe's store is described as a "low-browed, beetling shop...where iron, old rags, bottles, bones, and greasy offal, were bought...Secrets that few would like to scrutinise were bred and hidden in mountains of unseemly rags, masses of corrupted fat, and sepulchres of bones." Evidently, the shop is rather squat, with a roof that hangs over top, making it look a little like a face that is frowning. Lots of scraps and garbage can be seen around the place, but there are also animal bones and the viscera and trimmings of dead animals (such as internal organs and pieces of hide) that have been butchered. Along with the more routine garbage and refuse, one also sees pockets of congealed fat and piles of bones. These kinds of leavings should certainly give anyone pause. A person who sits amidst such disgusting and grotesque rubbish is not, cannot, be a good person. The objects in the shop and the people there add to the horror of the stave by contributing to our sense of both their corruption and their nearness to Scrooge. This is not a good place, and these are not good people, and they look down on Scrooge, ironically. This adds to the horror of his life.