"The Canterville Ghost" is a short story by Oscar Wilde. It was the first of Wilde's stories to be . Sonia Chopra. "Bhoothnath". Sify. ^ The Canterville Ghost ( Audiobook Review) Booklover Book Reviews; ^ Bettridge, Daniel (25 October ). When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it his. The Canterville Ghost book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved in .

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Literature portal. Authority control BNF: Retrieved from " https: Hidden categories: He accepts that he has lost his status and power, and he begins to become depressed and pine away. Meanwhile, Virginia's beauty has attracted the attention of the young Duke of Cheshire, who comes to stay at Canterville Chase. While he is visiting, Virginia unexpectedly comes across the secret hiding lair of the ghost. The ghost explains his sadness and suffering, telling her that he longs for the peaceful experience of death.

He also tells her that because of her purity and innocence, she can help him to achieve this peace.

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Even though she is frightened, Virginia agrees to help; the two of them pass through a secret opening in the wall and vanish. When Virginia cannot be found, her family and the Duke become very upset. A few hours later, Virginia appears in the dark at the top of the stairs. Her only explanation of her disappearance is that she has assisted in finally bringing eternal rest to the Canterville Ghost.

As a token of his thanks and affection, Sir Simon has given her a box filled with jewels. Virginia leads the family into a secret chamber, where they are greeted by the sight of his skeletal remains. Virginia subsequently marries the Duke of Cheshire.

Plot[ edit ] The story begins when the American Minister Mr Otis and his family move into Canterville Chase, despite warnings from Lord Canterville that the house is haunted. Mr Otis says that he will take the furniture as well as the ghost at valuation.

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At first, none of the Otis family believe in ghosts, but shortly after they move in, none of them can deny the presence of Sir Simon de Canterville. The family hears clanking chains, they witness reappearing bloodstains on the floor just by the fireplace, which are removed every time they appear in various forms.

But, humorously, none of these scare the Otis family in the least. In fact, upon hearing the clanking noises in the hallway, Mr Otis promptly gets out of bed and pragmatically offers the ghost Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator to oil his chains.

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Despite the ghost's efforts to appear in the most gruesome guises, the family refuses to be frightened, and Sir Simon feels increasingly helpless and humiliated. When Mrs Otis notices a mysterious red mark on the floor, she simply replies that " she does not at all care for blood stains in the sitting room".

When Mrs Umney informs Mrs Otis that the blood stain is indeed evidence of the ghost and cannot be removed, Washington Otis, the eldest son, suggests that the stain will be removed with Pinkerton's Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent: a quick fix, like the Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator, and a practical way of dealing with the problem. Wilde describes Mrs Otis as "a very handsome middle-aged woman" who has been "a celebrated New York belle".

Her expression of "modern" American culture surfaces when she immediately resorts to giving the ghost "Doctor Dobell's tincture", thinking he was screaming due to indigestion at the family's second encounter with the ghost, and when she expresses an interest in joining the Psychical Society to help her understand the ghost.

Mrs Otis is given Wilde's highest praise when he says: "Indeed, in many respects, she was quite EnglishFor some days after this he was extremely ill, and hardly stirred out of his room at all, except to keep the blood-stain in proper repair. They were both so charming, and they loved each other so much, that every one was delighted at the match, except the old Marchioness of Dumbleton, who had tried to catch the Duke for one of her seven unmarried daughters, and had given no less than three expensive dinner-parties for that purpose, and, strange to say, Mr.

However, by taking great care of himself, he recovered, and resolved to make a third attempt to frighten the United States Minister and his family.

The housekeeper, Mrs. Otis himself, and the key carried upstairs. Otis to beware of some trouble coming to the house. Her eldest son, christened Washington by his parents in a moment of patriotism, which he never ceased to regret, was a fair-haired, rather good-looking young man, who had qualified himself for American diplomacy by leading the German at the Newport Casino for three successive seasons, and even in London was well known as an excellent dancer. Another book from treasure of Oscar Wilde.

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