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The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

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How is the Otis family's drive from the railway station to Canterville Chase described?

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The drive from the railway station in Ascot to Canterville Chase is initially uneventful and peaceful. Members of the Otis family are able to delight in happy pastoral scenes that correspond with their own high spirits. The first leg of the seven mile journey from Ascot to Canterville Chase is restful and uneventful.

The Otis family is able to revel in the pleasant summer weather; as the family drives through the forest, its senses are teased by the redolent (fragrant) scent of pinewood. Along the way, the Otis family enjoys glimpses of pheasants, squirrels, and rabbits. The wood-pigeon's sweet song also contributes greatly to the pleasantness of the journey.

On the second leg of the journey, however, as the family enters the avenue of Canterville Chase, the atmosphere changes. Clouds gather ominously, and a flight of rooks mysteriously fly over the sky. Soon, raindrops begin falling even before the Otis family reaches the house on Canterville Chase.

So, the Otis family enjoys a pleasant drive until it reaches the avenue of Canterville Chase. There, the weather suddenly changes, and rain comes upon the unsuspecting family. Nevertheless, the family is able to reach the house safely, without any untoward incidents to mar its journey.

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