How does the narrator describe the house? How do the words “colonial mansion” and “hereditary estate” factor in? Why would the narrator wish it to be a “haunted house” instead?

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The narrator describes herself in the opening sentence as "ordinary." This is an important detail in relation to the way she then goes on to describe the house: as "ancestral halls," which suggests a grand house that would have been passed down through generations of a noble, aristocratic family. The narrator obviously feels that the house is not the kind of house she would ever have expected it to inhabit, and her descriptions lend it a...

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