|This needs a stretch.|
Shaggy's uncle Zooty has his journal of poems stolen by his dead friend's ghost.
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- Uncle Zooty (single appearance)
- Dwight (single appearance)
- Louis (single appearance)
- Smitty (single appearance)
- Mr. Grieg (single appearance)
- Dino (only time mentioned)(deceased)
- Light of the City Bookstore customers (single appearance)(no lines)
- Trolley driver (single appearance)
- Trolley passengers (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
- Police officers (single appearance)(no lines)
- Unnamed city
- Light of the City Bookstore
- Fisherman's wharf
- Fish shop
- Dwight's home
|Louis||A little bit of fish skin that the ghost left led to him.|
|Smitty||Only his shop sold the rainbow trout from which the fish skin came from.|
|Dwight||He bought a rainbow trout the day before.|
|Mr. Grieg||He always tried to copy Zooty's poem style.|
|Becky as the Ghost of Dino||She was tired of all the bad poetry.|
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