On December 24, 1862, a new theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens's fifth and last Christmas novella—his first being A Christmas Carol—premiered at the Royal Polytechnic Institution in London. In The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, an aging, gloomy, Scrooge-like chemistry teacher called Redlaw asks to have his memory erased. A ghostly doppelgänger grants him his wish but also curses anybody with whom he interacts to suffer the same fate.