The Canterville Ghost Novel

The canterville ghost novel

Short Stories The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

In the hall they found a group of frightened servants, and lying on a sofa in the library was poor Mrs. From the eyes streamed rays of scarlet light, the mouth was a wide well of fire, and a hideous garment, like to his own, swathed with its silent snows the Titan form. In fact, it was just such weather as he loved. Finally he reached the corner of the passage that led to luckless Washington's room. On and on he glided, like an evil shadow, the very darkness seeming to loathe him as he passed.

Otis came out in a light blue dressing-gown. He had worn it with great success at the Kenilworth tournament, and had been highly complimented on it by no less a person than the Virgin Queen herself.

Right in front of him he saw, in the wan moonlight, an old man of terrible aspect. But I don't know what they mean. Suddenly he threw his cigarette away, took hold of her hand, and said to her,'Virginia, a wife should have no secrets from her husband. Finally, they came to a great oak door, studded with rusty nails.

These kaleidoscopic changes naturally amused the party very much, and bets on the subject were freely made every evening. For the next three Saturdays, accordingly, he traversed the corridor as usual between midnight and three o'clock, taking every possible precaution against being either heard or seen. George's, Hanover Square, with his daughter leaning on his arm, there was not a prouder man in the whole length and breadth of England. She came towards him, and kneeling down at his side, looked up into his old withered face.

Otis expressed her intention of joining the Psychical Society, and Washington prepared a long letter to Messrs. In a moment they had all rushed up to her.

It is quite true that his life had been very evil, but, upon the other hand, he was most conscientious in all things connected with the supernatural. He is dead, and you must come and see him. Lord Canterville listened very gravely to the worthy Minister's speech, pulling his grey moustache now and then to hide an involuntary smile, and when Mr. Perhaps I should mention that Virginia is very anxious that you should allow her to retain the box, as a memento of your unfortunate but misguided ancestor.

He was simply but neatly clad in a long shroud, spotted with churchyard mould, had tied up his jaw with a strip of yellow linen, and carried a small lantern and a sexton's spade. Only you must remember I warned you. She opened her eyes, and saw the wall slowly fading away like a mist, and a great black cavern in front of her. There the grass grows long and deep, there are the great white stars of the hemlock flower, there the nightingale sings all night long.

Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. Otis when they came to discuss terms. His head was leaning on his hand, and his whole attitude was one of extreme depression. The vulgarity of the twins, and the gross materialism of Mrs. Wishing to make an effective entrance, he flung it wide open, when a heavy jug of water fell right down on him, wetting him to the skin, and just missing his left shoulder by a couple of inches.

The canterville ghost novel

It has been well known for three centuries, since in fact, and always makes its appearance before the death of any member of our family. The question of phantasmic apparitions, and the development of astral bodies, was of course quite a different matter, and really not under his control. He was quite calm, and felt his pulse, which was not at all feverish. He got up at once, struck a match, and looked at the time.

It was generally assumed that the ghost had gone away, and, in fact, Mr. The jug had evidently been once filled with water, as it was covered inside with green mould.

The canterville ghost novel

After a time, however, the brave old Canterville spirit asserted itself, and he determined to go and speak to the other ghost as soon as it was daylight. It was said to have turned Lord Raker's wig grey in a single night, and had certainly made three of Lady Canterville's French governesses give warning before their month was up. Otis wrote a letter to that effect to Lord Canterville, who, in reply, expressed his great pleasure at the news, and sent his best congratulations to the Minister's worthy wife. Ghost, I mean Sir Simon, tamil kuthu songs 2010 are you hungry?

Otherwise he was extremely sensible. Otis's forehead, while he hissed into her trembling husband's ear the awful secrets of the charnel-house. It was quite evident that his feelings were so wounded that he would not appear. Here they found tea laid out for them, and, after taking off their wraps, they sat down and began to look round, while Mrs. It would be quite impossible to sleep, with such a noise going on outside the bedrooms.

The twins lay in wait for him on several occasions, and strewed the passages with nutshells every night to the great annoyance of their parents and the servants, but it was of no avail. Yes, don't laugh, Cecil, I really do. There he consulted several books of ancient chivalry, of which he was exceedingly fond, and found that, on every occasion on which his oath had been used, Chanticleer had always crowed a second time.

On reaching his room he entirely broke down, and became a prey to the most violent agitation. Virginia's eyes grew dim with tears, and she hid her face in her hands.

The canterville ghost novel