Algebra in Day to Day Life

Topics: Ghost, Albatross, Ghost story Pages: 50 (17014 words) Published: August 23, 2013
A SHADY PLOT Question 5-(a):
What genre of stories does Jenkins want the narrator to write? Why? Answer 5-(a):
Jenkins had always called upon Hallock whenever he wanted a ghost story to be published in his magazine. John’s ghosts were live propositions as Jenkins called them. This time again Jenkins wanted Hallock to come up with another supernatural thriller, which would give the readers horrors and that is what the public wanted too. Question 5-(b):

Does the narrator like writing ghost stories? Support your answer with evidence from the story. Answer 5-(b):
The narrator lacked the self confidence as he himself talked of how he didn’t specialise in ghost stories; instead, he said that the ghost stories specialised in him. His first story had been a ghost fiction too; however, for that also he had to chase inspiration in vain for months. This all shows that the narrator was, though natural, an accidental ghost fiction writer. Question 5-(c):

What makes Helen, the ghost, and her other co-ghosts organize The Writer's Inspiration Bureau? Answer 5-(c):
Helen and other co-ghosts organised The Writer’s Insipiration Bureau because they felt there were many writers without ideas, however, with a vulnerable mind who were looking for an inspiration to write ghost stories. The bureau would assign a ghost to such a writer so that he/she could write good ghost stories. Question 5-(d):

Why had Helen, the ghost been helping the narrator write ghost stories? Why was she going on strike? What condition did she place for providing continued help? Answer 5-(d):
Helen provided inspiration to the narrator to write ghost stories. She and co-ghosts were going on a strike because they were tired of answering questions of Ouija board fanatics. They felt they were disturbed too often to answer silly questions. She urged the narrator to influence his friends and acquaintances to stop using the Ouija board. It was on this condition she promised to help the narrator to write stories. Question 5-(e):

How does the ghost undermine the narrator's faith in his ability to write ghost stories? Answer 5-(e):
Helen tells the narrator that she had helped him write his ghost stories. She tells the narrator of the many times when she had leaned on the narrator’s shoulder and had given him ideas, when he was thinking hard while writing a ghost story. Helen tries to tell the narrator that had she not been there for him as a muse, he would not have been able to write good ghost stories. Question 5-(f):

Why does John want the ghost to disappear before his wife appears on the scene? What impression of his wife's character do you form from his words? Answer 5-(f):
Lavina is a sensitive woman and is subject to hysterics. If she sees John talking to a ghost she would lose it all. Lavinia is crazy about every new fashion and fad, so much feminine in nature that John fears the thought of how she would react in such a situation. Question 5-(g):

Why does the narrator hesitate to be a partner to Laura Hinkle during the Ouija Board Party? Answer 5-(g):
Helen, the ghost, had asked the narrator to influence his friends to stop using the Ouija board. It was only on this condition that Helen promised to help the narrator to write ghost stories. If Helen sees him now himself trying to communicate ghosts through Ouija board, he fears how and what she would do to him. That is why the narrator was reluctant to be a partner to Laura Hinkle during the Ouija Board party. Question 5-(h):

What message does the ghost convey to the group that had assembled in the narrator's house? What is their reaction to the message? Answer 5-(h):
Helen called John a traitor as he bluffs her. He had promised Helen that he would convince his friends to stop contacting ghosts; rather here he himself was doing the same. She is annoyed and filled with anguish and so goes to everyone’s Ouija board one by one and tells that Mr. Hallock is a...
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