How was the ghost of Canterville tricked and outwitted by the twins?

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Shortly after the Otis family's arrival, the twins begin to play tricks on the Canterville ghost. In their first encounter, in Chapter Three, the ghost unsuccessfully tries to wear the antique suit of armour, prompting the twins to attack him with their pea-shooters. The ghost flees the hall to an...

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Shortly after the Otis family's arrival, the twins begin to play tricks on the Canterville ghost. In their first encounter, in Chapter Three, the ghost unsuccessfully tries to wear the antique suit of armour, prompting the twins to attack him with their pea-shooters. The ghost flees the hall to an upstairs landing, but, seeing the twins approach, makes himself disappear completely.

Their next encounter takes place in Chapter Four. The twins have stretched a number of strings across the corridor, causing the ghost to trip. The twins have also built a butter slide which injures the ghost by making him slip and fall. To take his revenge, the ghost decides to visit the twins in their bedroom at night, but on his arrival, he finds the door already ajar and hears "stifled shrieks of laughter" coming from behind the bed. In the next moment, a heavy jug full of water falls down on the ghost, "wetting him to the skin" and narrowly missing his shoulder. In another incident, later in this chapter, the twins jump out at the ghost and shout "Boo" as he walks down to the library.

After these incidents, the ghost is never again seen at night, but this does not prevent the twins from playing more tricks on him. Each night, for example, they scatter nutshells across the floor of the landing in the hope that the ghost might walk on them, but it is to no avail: the ghost is so humiliated that he does not appear to them again.

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