"Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"

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What are the main events in “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You my Lad”?

The main events in “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You my Lad” are when Professor Parkins finding the mysterious whistle, when he has a nightmare about a man running from something made of linen, when he sees the tangled sheets in the empty bed two times, when he meets the young boy who saw someone in his room, and when he fights with the mysterious figure in the sheets.

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“Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You my Lad” is a short ghost story by M. R. James . It is about a college professor named Professor Parkins whose colleague asks him to check in on a potential archaeological site while on vacation in Burstow. Parkins agrees, and the first...

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“Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You my Lad” is a short ghost story by M. R. James. It is about a college professor named Professor Parkins whose colleague asks him to check in on a potential archaeological site while on vacation in Burstow. Parkins agrees, and the first main event happens when he checks on this site. He finds a bronze whistle there with an inscription that reads:

Who is this who is coming?

When he walks back to the hotel with the whistle he notices a man behind him. Later that night he blows on the whistle, and it suddenly gets very windy. Then, when he tries to go to sleep, he sees a man running from something made out of linen on a beach.

The next morning, the hotel maid notes that the extra bed in Perkins’s room has tangled sheets, which is odd because he was alone and no one slept there. Then, that afternoon, Parkins is walking back to the hotel after playing golf with the colonel and they meet a young boy who said he saw a ghost in Parkins’s room. Back in the hotel room, they observe that the sheets in the unused bed are tangled again. That night Parkins wakes up to a noise and sees a mysterious figure in the second bed. He fights with it by the window and almost falls out.

In the end, the colonel comes into Parkins’s room and the figure vanishes. The next day, the colonel throws the whistle into the sea and they burn the sheets. Parkins’s colleague Mr. Rogers then arrives to sleep in the mysterious empty bed.

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