Chapters 1 and 2 Summary and Analysis

A group of people, gathered at a country house in England, sit around the fire telling ghost stories. One gentleman suggests that the visitation by a ghost to a child is especially thrilling. Another gentleman called Douglas relates that spectral haunting to two children is even more so. He says he knows just such a story, given him by a lady of his past acquaintance, the governess of his sister when he was in his youth. Being infatuated with her, Douglas becomes privy to a story from her own past. She later gives him the manuscript of the story. Douglas sends to London for it so that he can read it to the other guests.

As the party is waiting for the manuscript to arrive, Douglas fills in...

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