"The Canterville Ghost" ends with a conversation between Virginia Otis and her new husband, the Duke. The Duke laments to Virginia that she has been keeping a secret from him. Virginia has never explained to him what happened between her and Sir Simon's ghost when she went missing. Virginia responds by telling him that she has never told any person about what happened.
"Virginia, a wife should have no secrets from her husband."
"Dear Cecil! I have no secrets from you."
"Yes, you have," he answered, smiling, "you have never told me what happened to you when you were locked up with the ghost."
"I have never told any one, Cecil," said Virginia gravely.
The Duke presses Virginia for a moment longer; however, Virginia begs that he leave the matter alone. She claims that she owes Sir Simon a great deal, and that is why she doesn't want to talk about what happened. Virginia then stresses that her time with Sir Simon taught her the importance and value of love. The Duke seems happy with her answer and relents. He says that as long as he has her love, he can be content, and Virginia assures him that he has always had her love.
The Duke rose and kissed his wife lovingly.
"You can have your secret as long as I have your heart," he murmured.
"You have always had that, Cecil."