What effect does the simile "It wound about him like a tail" in "A Christmas Carol" have?

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This elaborate simile refers to the chain that the ghost of Jacob Marley wears about his middle. Because of the greedy, grasping behavior Marley displayed when he was alive, his unquiet spirit has been forced to wander for all eternity, weighed down by a chain consisting of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel.

All of these items show us just how important money was to Jacob Marley—how, like his business partner,...

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