The Canterville Ghost Questions and Answers
by Oscar Wilde

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What was the ghost's appearance like?

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The Canterville ghost, we learn, has a "cruel, wrinkled mouth," but when Virginia finds him alone and desolate in the Tapestry Chamber, he simply looks sad and forlorn. He appears to have the physical body of a person, because Virginia sees him looking out the window with his head in his hand.

But most of the time, the Canterville ghost appears in a variety of disguises meant to terrify the occupants of the house. Haunting and scaring people is his job, and he takes it seriously. One of his best costumes is that of the Headless Earl. He appears, as well, in other elaborate get-ups, such as impersonating the huntsman Black Isaac. He can appear rattling chains or as a mist. Once he even frightened people by playing nine-pins (bowling) with his own bones.

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