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The
Canterville
Ghost
An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of
Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the
home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James

By

OSCAR WILDE
Illustrated by

WALLACE GOLDSMITH
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Oscar Wilde

The Canterville
Ghost
An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James

By

OSCAR WILDE
Illustrated by

WALLACE GOLDSMITH
1906
John W. Luce and Company
Boston and London
I

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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 duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.

"We have not cared to live in the place ourselves," said Lord Canterville, "since my grandaunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was frightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skeleton hands HEN

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The Canterville Ghost
being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner, and I feel bound to tell you, Mr. Otis, that the ghost has been seen by several living members of my family, as well as by the rector of the parish, the Rev. Augustus Dampier, who is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. After the unfortunate accident to the Duchess, none of our younger servants would stay with us, and Lady Canterville often got very little sleep at night, in consequence of the mysterious noises that came from the corridor and the library." "My Lord," answered the Minister, "I will take the furniture and the ghost at a valuation. I have come from a modern country, where we have everything that money can buy; and with all our spry young fellows painting the Old World red, and carrying off your best actors and prima-donnas, I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we'd have it at home in a very short

time in one of our public
museums, or on the road
as a show."
"I fear that the ghost
exists,"
said
Lord
Canterville, smiling,
"though it may have resisted the overtures of your
enterprising impresarios.
It has been well known for
three centuries, since 1584
in fact, and always makes
its appearance before the
death of any member of
our family."
"Well, so does the
family doctor for that matter, Lord Canterville. But
there is no such thing, sir,
as a ghost, and I guess the
laws of Nature are not going to be...
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