Canterville Ghost

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The Canterville Ghost
-by Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost is a ghost story with a difference. It takes place in an English country house, Canterville Chase, which for centuries has been said to be haunted. When rich American called Mr. Otis moves into the house with his wife and four children, Lord Canterville feels he should warn them about Sir Simon, the resident ghost. However, the Otis families aren’t afraid of ghosts and no matter how hard Sir Simon tries, they simply refuse to be frightened!

For anyone thinking this book is not for you because you’re scared of ghost stories, I can promise you that it’s really not scary at all – I would describe it as more of a comedy and a clever satire in disguise. Wilde juxtaposes an atmospheric gothic setting, the typical British ‘haunted house’, with a practical American family who have an amusing way of reacting to the appearance of Sir Simon. The plot is hilarous, but the ending is quiet sentimental. It is mostly based on the ghost’s funny but vain attempts to remove the family that his moved in ‘his’ house which leads to funny who stays in the house depends on who will give in first.

If you are still suspicious, here is an extract from the story to remove all doubts.

“Right in front of him he saw, in the wan moonlight, an old man of terrible aspect. His eyes were as red burning coals; long Grey hair fell over his shoulders in matted coils; his garments, which were of antique cut, were soiled and ragged, and from his wrists and ankles hung heavy manacles and rusty gyves.

“My dear sir,” said Mr. Otis, “I really must insist on your oiling those chains, and have brought you for that purpose a small bottle of the Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator.””

This story has its own share of gags and suspense, well mostly gags.the part I personally liked the most is the ghosts vain attempts of revenging his humiliation by the Otis family, due its creativity and highly imaginative way of writing. i...
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