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The Ghost of Sir Simon

No more bloodstains!

Four weeks had passed since the Otises entered Canterville Chase. Weak, tired and shattered, the ghost started at the slightest noise. He also gave up the point of keeping up the blood-stain on the library floor saying that “if the Otis family did not want it, they clearly did not deserve it.” He kept consoling himself in vain. His appearances were now only part of his solemn duty towards his existence as a ghost.

The ghost careful not to be heard or seen

Now it was he who was careful not to make any noise or be noticed lest he himself was attacked by the twins. He was devastated to such an extent that he took care to tread as lightly as possible on the boards, used the Rising Sun Lubricator for oiling his chains and even removed his boots in order to ensure not to be heard or seen. Yet, strings were continually being stretched in corridor. He felt extremely molested.

The ghost’s last attempt

But when the butter-slide constructed by the twins made him fall, he determined to make one last attempt at asserting himself by donning the celebrated character of “Reckless Rupert, or the Headless Earl” which he had used 70 years ago to frighten Lady Barbara Modish.

It took three hours merely to put on the make-up. At last the preparations were complete and he opened the door of the twins’ room. Unfortunately, he once again ended up being a victim to the twins’ plan. The heavy jug of water mounted on the door of twins’ room wasted all his efforts. He left, consoling himself at his luck that he had not brought his head along. The next day he was laid up with a severe cold.

The twins put an end to all his nocturnal expeditions

He now gave up the hope of frightening the Otises forever. He lived in forever dread of the twins and took every precaution to avoid them lest he be attacked. He took to amusing himself by making satirical remarks on the photograph of Mr. Otis and his wife. One day, while he was amusing himself so, two figures suddenly leapt out on him, waved their arms wildly above their heads and shrieked out “BOO!” in such a manner and made him feel so trapped that he had to escape through the flues and chimneys. He reached his room “in a te…

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