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The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde
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What incidents occur after the Otis family move into Canterville Chase?

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There are a number of incidents which occur after the Otis family move into their new home, Canterville Chase:

  • The Otis family learn the dark history of the blood-stain in the library and discover that it reappears every time it is cleaned.
  • The Canterville ghost appears on four occasions but is unable to scare the Otis family. On one occasion, he attempts to wear his old antique suit of armour but falls over while climbing into it. The noise sends the family running to the hallway and the twins unleash their pea-shooters on the injured ghost. 
  • In another incident, the ghost visits the twins in their bedroom but is greeted by a jug of cold water which they pour over his head. 
  • At the end of Chapter Five, Virginia goes missing, prompting widespread concern among her family. She returns in Chapter Six and reveals that she has been with the Canterville ghost. He has died and gone to the Garden of Death, bringing a permanent end to all supernatural incidents at Canterville Chase. 
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