The Canterville Ghost Questions and Answers
by Oscar Wilde

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Do you think that Canterville Chase in Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost" is haunted?  

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Canterville Chase is indeed haunted, as we learn in the opening chapter of "The Canterville Ghost." The former resident of the house, Lord Canterville, for example, tells us that his great-aunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was "frightened into a fit" after a ghost appeared to her while she dressed for dinner.

We also know that Canterville Chase is haunted because, in Chapter Two, the Canterville ghost makes his first appearance in the story. He tells us that he has enjoyed a  "brilliant and uninterrupted career of three hundred years" and, during this time, he has scared numerous residents of Canterville Chase. In one incident, for example, a butler shot himself in the pantry after seeing a green hand tapping on the window-pane. In another, Lady Stutfield committed suicide after being strangled by the ghost. 

Even the sceptical Otis family cannot refute the evidence of their eyes and ears. While they are not frightened by the Canterville ghost, he appears to them on several occasions. Furthermore, in Chapter Five, Virginia Otis becomes the ghost's ally when she helps him to rest eternally in the Garden of Death. 

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