I believe that this question is referring to events that occur in section four of the story. Up to this point, Sir Simon has been putting forth a valiant effort to scare the Otis family. Unfortunately for Sir Simon, all of his attempts have met with failure. Not only is...
I believe that this question is referring to events that occur in section four of the story. Up to this point, Sir Simon has been putting forth a valiant effort to scare the Otis family. Unfortunately for Sir Simon, all of his attempts have met with failure. Not only is the Otis family not scared of him, but they treat him like he's a joke. The twins are especially antagonistic to Sir Simon, and they play all kinds of pranks on him. By section four, Sir Simon is tired of dealing with the Otis family, and he is even a bit scared of them. He resolves to stay hidden for a bit.
The next day the ghost was very weak and tired. The terrible excitement of the last four weeks was beginning to have its effect. His nerves were completely shattered, and he started at the slightest noise. For five days he kept his room, and at last made up his mind to give up the point of the blood-stain on the library floor.
Sir Simon might have stayed hidden for longer than five days, but the narrator tells readers that he has ghostly duties that must be kept up on a regular schedule; however, Sir Simon resolves to be as stealthy as possible during his haunting.
For the next three Saturdays, accordingly, he traversed the corridor as usual between midnight and three o’clock, taking every possible precaution against being either heard or seen. He removed his boots, trod as lightly as possible on the old worm-eaten boards, wore a large black velvet cloak, and was careful to use the Rising Sun Lubricator for oiling his chains.
The Otis children catch on to Sir Simon's new tactics, and they continue to antagonize him. They are able to make a bucket of water fall on him and even manage to scare him by jumping around a corner and yelling "BOO!" Sir Simon is so frightened by this last encounter that he gives up his haunting completely.
After this he was not seen again on any nocturnal expedition.
The Otis family is so certain that Sir Simon is gone that Mr. Otis writes a letter to Lord Canterville that states the ghost is gone.
It was generally assumed that the ghost had gone away, and, in fact, Mr. Otis wrote a letter to that effect to Lord Canterville, who, in reply, expressed his great pleasure at the news, and sent his best congratulations to the Minister’s worthy wife.