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There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!

Because, said Scrooge, a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!

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  • This is a play on words, since grave and gravy sound similar. It is the ordinary definition of gravy. – choster Dec 15 '17 at 21:11
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    The apparation is being explained away as the result of some indigestion. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 15 '17 at 21:31
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Scrooge suspects that the ghost is just a dream. Dreams were thought to be affected by what was eaten directly before sleeping.

The statement is a play on words: he suggests that the ghost is more of the nature of gravy (a type food) than the grave (the spirit of a dead person).