Why was Virginia called an angel in "The Canterville Ghost?"  

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Virginia Otis is only called an angel once during the story. The line is spoken by the Duke and is the last line of part 6.

"What an angel you are!" cried the young Duke, and he put his arm round her neck, and kissed her.

A little bit before the Duke speaks this line, the entire family had been frantically searching for Virginia. They couldn't find her anywhere. The reason for that is because she was helping Sir Simon pass on to his eternal resting place. She is the "golden girl" that needs to pray for Sir Simon's soul. She is good, sweet, and gentle, and that is why the angel of death has mercy on Sir Simon. Those definitely sound like angelic qualities; however, the Duke also believes that Virginia Otis looks like an angel after she shows the family the skeleton and explains that God has forgiven Sir Simon. She rises to her feet at this moment, and a light of some sort illuminates her face. She is like a glowing angel of God.

"God has forgiven him," said Virginia, gravely, as she rose to her feet, and a beautiful light seemed to illumine her face.

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Angels are messengers who travel forth between heaven and earth, interceding between God and humans. Virginia is called an angel because she intercedes on the ghost's behalf. She weeps the tears he is unable to cry, and she says the prayers he is unable to speak. By interceding for him, she paves the way for him to be forgiven for his crimes. She shows the remorse he feels but can't express. By interceding for him, she paves the way for him to go to his final rest, which is what he longs for more than anything. 

Angels are associated with purity, and Virginia is like an angel in that sense too. She is pure, a 15-year-old virgin, and she has a kind, compassionate heart. Unlike her brothers, she doesn't ridicule the ghost but is able to empathize with his pain. 

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