The morning Tom is set to go off with the Spook, Tom's dad gives him his prized possession: a tinderbox. It's not a credit card, but it has sentimental value.
Tom meets the Spook at the fence, and off they go.
It only takes about a page before they run into some sort of trouble: hundreds of ghosts hanging from the tree on Hangman's Hill. Um, it's called Hangman's Hill. What did Tom expect, a rainbow and pot of gold?
To help Tom get over his fear, the Spook tells him to "concentrate on [the dead soldier] rather than yourself. How must he have felt?" (2.19) We've heard of "Sympathy for the Devil", but sympathy for a ghost? Now that's a new one.
Tom stops feeling scared. Instead, he starts feeling sad for the poor soldier who had to die this way and never saw his family again.
They continue on their journey. The Spook gives Tom more gems of wisdom, like the fact that he'll be dealing with a lot of ghosts, he should always have good boots, he should het used to being hungry, and he should "never trust a man who's dizzy" (2.43).