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Ponykind was my business! by Evil-DeC0Y Ponykind was my business! by Evil-DeC0Y
Here is a "pony-fied" version of the character Jacob Marley, from the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol".
I was originally just going to re-size and clean up the original version I did for the Trixie Vs. Christmas special. But after finishing it, I felt that it needed more to it to warrant a individual post on deviant art. So I added some more chains, and made more than one type of weight to the chain, and added a background (fun fact, the background was made with only two colors).

Not sure what would be a good name for her, there are quite a few good ones. I was leaning towards Mare-ley, for the obvious horse pun, but I just don't know if that fits, or if I should go with a more legitimate pony name.
Either way, if you can think up a good name post it in the comments.

Also the eyes are meant to not be focusing on anything in particular. It's strange for a picture to be that way, but the ghost of Jacob Marley is typically portrayed as not looking directly at anyone thing.
I think Jacob Marley is one of the most interesting characters in all of fiction. I wish I had more time, so that I could do more things with this ponified version before Christmas.

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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very neat work! Watching you now!
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Evil-DeC0Y Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you:D!
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ShakespeareFreak Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this. So friggin' much. I adore MLP, and A Christmas Carol is my favorite book ever. Meanwhile...

Jacob Marley is...deeply meaningful to me on a number of levels. He has fascinated me since earliest childhood. He’s the first imaginary friend I remember having as a child, he’s my very favorite character in literature, and he’s been one of my biggest dream roles since I started acting (I have now had the great honor to play him TWICE). He inspires me as he inspired Scrooge, to do well while I have the chance. He's been a huge influence on me, and I think for the better. Also I think there’s more to his story than first meets the eye. More on that in my next comment.

I love everything you did with this image. Aside from being wonderful from a technical standpoint (it looks like a still from the show), it shows an intimate knowledge of the book which inspired it. So, thank you. :heart:

BTW, I looked at your Gallery and am now Watching you. =)
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Evil-DeC0Y Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, thank you on both counts:D!
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ShakespeareFreak Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome, trust me.
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Buni-kun Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
pipsqueak is tiny tim
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
And that's how Rarity learned to be so generous? :)
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Any more renaissance items you got other than locks and crates?
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Centaur71 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
shouldn't this be; 'A Christmas Canter'
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villicentdebat Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
She wears the reins she forged in life...
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Heheh, nice. :D
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:iconshegredder:
shegredder Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
You have fetter. tell me why.
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N210 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you could go with Payback? I don't know. I'm just goin' off my sugar high and I'm losing energy..... T.T soooo tired
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MataNuiSaga Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Wow, the ghost just looks amazing with those chains but i want to know one thing, what's with the cutie mark :?
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Evil-DeC0Y Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a weighing scale, it was a tool commonly used by money changers (Scrooge and Marley's proffession) during the time that "A Christmas Carol" was written.
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MataNuiSaga Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Aha, ok. So he was using that gadget. Haven't really read the book, but Marley is working like what?
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timstro59 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Why is "Jacob" a mare?
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somenerd Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I believe the jaw should be bandaged closed.
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Evil-DeC0Y Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to do that, but unfortunately I couldn't think of a way to do it with out covering up part of the eyes.
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somenerd Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I suppose you could just wrap the snout or have her wearing a bit, but I take your point.

I also really like the Trixie piece you did with this.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Always love that story, no matter what version I'm watching.
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Monturrock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Definitely go with Mare'ley or maybe even Jadith Mare'ley? Jadith since in life she was cynical or jaded towards pony oppression.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome!
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MDSK-RB Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
:iconspyplz: Excellent
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tacobob Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Nah. She's saved in the sequel by her brother, Bob! Yah mon!
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Vector-Brony Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. Like the design
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Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Radical, yet perfect idea! ;D
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty damn good. Love it!
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PHILOSARAPTOR547 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How about her name be Dread Chain? or Dread Scale? (since her cutie mark is pretty much a scale) or how about...........yeah thats all i got XD great job on this ^_^
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is pretty dang awesome :D
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NomanDAX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
pretty cool.
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kempman17 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's Jacob Mareley.

Lame I know, but it's all I can come upwith.
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noteperson Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I think Coin Counter might be a good name for a ponified Marley. Or perhaps she could just go by Marlene?
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ZidayaZenovka Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great, yet depressing hehe awesome work
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ScarletMarine Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Felt sorry for her.
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Patec Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
wouh. i thought it was lyra at first.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thank you for doing this, I love her, except for the fact that she's condemned.
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Evil-DeC0Y Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, one thing that has always saddened me, was that Marley didn't get saved or redeemed in the end.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I don't know what Dickens' inspirations were, but perhaps the parable of the rich man and Lazarus had something to do with it. The rich man wanting to return from hell to warn his kin. That alone was not enough to save Scrooge, it took the Spirits to do that.

I suppose we are to assume that Marley was beyond redemption, but Scrooge deep, deep down in his heart could change.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I remember one variation on the story that had Marley subbing as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, and getting saved in the end himself. That said in the original story Marley was supposed to show Scrooge that there really IS a point of no return, and that Scrooge was in danger of reaching it.
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ShakespeareFreak Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a child, I also was deeply saddened by Marley's fate. But then someone pointed something out to me. Something which fits with the tone of the book so well, I now believe Dickens intended us to come to this conclusion:

Marley was stuck in an eternal loop of suffering because he couldn't affect the world: "The misery with them all way, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.”

 

But Jacob himself said that the chance that Scrooge was given was “a chance and hope of my procuring.” When Ebenezer changed, his actions affected the world, for good. And since Jacob caused the change of heart, indirectly, he affected the world in a positive way as well. His love for Ebenezer proved stronger than the chains that weighed him down.

 

In other words...by doing one selfless act, in attempting to save his friend from his own fate--an action borne of pure Love, which would, he believed, not profit him but only others--Jacob, unwittingly, redeemed himself also.


My headcanon continues thus: 


After Scrooge died, Jacob and Scrooge continued the good work from their own realm. They did this in prompting the living, through dreams, circumstances, or simply feelings that sort of popped into people's minds (assuming they were open to the ideas). Spirits can have a lot of influence in the mortal world...if we let them.

 

But there’s more. Before he passed on, Scrooge had told Tiny Tim, when he was just Tim, being a young adult, the story of what happened to him that night. And Tim told one or two people, and THEY told one or two people. And the story grew and spread its light and warmth, like a flame in the darkness, and people began to forget it ever really happened...until one day, a man named Charles Dickens heard it and thought it would make an excellent book. =D

 

As the tale grew more famous, Jacob and Ebenezer became well-known in the living world, and the mention of either of their names now brings the thought of Christmas instantly to mind...and so, they have actually become Spirits of Christmas in their own right—the same as the ones who visited Scrooge that long-ago night. Turns out that some Christmas Spirits always were and always will be, but others are made...if someone mortal passes that far into the collective consciousness of mankind in association with Christmas, they become a Spirit. (This also happened to a living man...who is now immortal, and goes by the name "Santa Claus.") The irony of this is not lost on either of the two Spirits, and the source of much laughter between them. But neither of them complains...it makes their work easier, after all. =P


And so, it fits that Dickens opened with the phrase “Marley was dead, to begin with.” Because Marley’s death was just the beginning, for both men.


If anyone else is interested in Jacob's possible redemption, I'd recommend:

-"Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," a play by Tom Mula

-"Jacob T. Marley", by R. William Bennett


and last but not least,

-"A Conspiracy of Spirits: The Love Story of Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge," found in collection "The Drosselmeier Chronicles: The Solstice Tales" by dA's very own :iconwolfenm: A sample of this one can be read here: wolfenm.deviantart.com/art/A-C… (Please note that this one has strong themes of gay romance, so if you're not interested in that, don't bother the author, k?)



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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Thank you for the lengthy comment on both Jacob Marley and the story/novel suggestions.
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ShakespeareFreak Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry it was a bit long-winded... =P
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ardashir Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
No, no, I like responses that take the time to explain things. I just wish I had that kind of time and energy more often right now.
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WILFRE-IS-AWESOME Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
marley ghost?
(its a pony name and it also goes with your idea before, of naming her/him marley)

btw, awesome! :3
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