The dead is meant to move smoothly from the land of the living to their proper place among the spirits. If this transition wrong, the spirit is stranded, neither one thing nor the other. Ghosts having the benefit of hindsight and experience may also give guidance to the living. The novelist, harles Dickens, had seen ghosts himself and they played central roles in his fiction. In one of Dickens’ most popular works, a Christmas Carol, ghosts teach Scrooge the error of his ways and change his wretched life before it is too late.