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The Ghost in the Mill

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Transcript of The Ghost in the Mill

The Ghost in
the Mill

By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Setting and Background
• Late 1800s
• Religion was a big part of their lives at this time
• In the early days of Massachusetts there were no pastimes besides oral stories
• Story is told near the fireplace in the boy’s grandfather’s house by Sam Lawson, the best storyteller in Oldtown Massachusetts
• Others knew his stories by heart, and they wanted a different scary story than they had ever heard before
• The main scene of the story told is set at Cack’s old mill which was very spooky



Characters
Sam Lawson
narrator; best story teller in Oldtown, Massachusetts; his sterotype is that he is uneducated because of the way he speaks. He makes the dialect in the story very hard to comprehend.
Harry and other boy
boys that ask Sam to tell an interesting story
Cap'n Eb Sawin
deacon of the church, husband of Lois Peabody; present of the Mill when ghost comes down the chimney .
Jehiel Lommedieu
traveling salesman; quiet and mysterious. He was adored by all the women. He was said to have had a thing with Phebe Anne Parker. All of a sudden he stopped coming to the town and eventually was forgotten about even by Phebe. He is the ghost in the old mill.
Phebe Ann Parker
was said to have had a thing with Jehiel Lommedieu but after he disappeared, she forgot about him and married some one else.
'Bijah Moss
The man whom Phebe Ann Parker marries.
Cack Sparrock
owner of the Mill and lived alone in the woods; he was likeable until his wife died then he stopped going to church and became a horrible drunk
Ketury
Indian; wild and refused to convert; everyone was scared of her and let her do whatever she wanted because they thought she was a witch . They were afraid of her intentions; she knew more than she should. She often came when she wanted, not when she was invited and would stay as long as she wanted
Aunt Lois Peabody
she did not believe in the story; was asked by Sam to tell the boys about Ruth Sullivan
Ruth Sullivan
the mystery woman that is foreshadowed at the end of the story
Action
The Beginning...
Harry and the other boy begged Sam Lawson to tell them a story different than anything they had ever heard. They knew all his stories by heart. They asked him to tell them the scary story "Come down, come down!" Cap'n Eb told Sam this story...
The Story in the Story...

• On March 19th, Cap’n Eb was heading to Boston during a huge snow storm to seek shelter for himself
• Because the snow was so thick, he couldn’t see anything in front of him
• He got off the Boston road and ended up in Sherburn, by Cack Sparrock’s mill
• So Cap’n Ed rode up to his spooky mill, knocked on the door and went inside
• Cack was by the fire in his chimney and he was drinking rum
• Cack was very inviting and even offered to have Cap’n stay the night
• The two men enjoyed each other’s company (drinking and telling stories) when they were interrupted by a loud knock on the door.
• They ignored it at first until another one followed
• They answered the door and it was Ketury
• Cack became evidently scared when he saw her, but he invited her in
• Ketury sat down with the men and started drinking with them
• She was acting sketchy and she started talking to herself
• With an evil grin on her face, she looked at the chimney and said ‘“Come down, come down! Let us see who you are’”
• First came down two feet pointing forward in shoes with silver buckles
• She put her stick up the chimney and said it again ‘“Come down, come down! Let us see who you are’”
• Next came down a pair of legs
• Once again she said ‘“Come down, come down! Let us see who you are’”
• Then came a body of a man but no head
• She called ‘“Come down, come down! Let us see who you are’” one last time and down came the man’s head
• At this moment Cap’n knew that is was Jehiel Lommedieu
• Cack felt very guilty and fell to his knees and began to pray to God to forgive him
• Cap’n was very curious and wanted to know more so he asked Lommedieu what he wanted. But he couldn’t speak; he moaned and pointed to the chimney
• A gust of wind blew open the door and extinguished the fire. Once the smoke cleared, Lommedieu and Ketury were gone
• Cap’ Eb rebuilt the fire and tried to comfort Cack.
• Cack finally confessed:
o Cack’s dad murdered Lommedieu and took his money
o Cack helped him dispose of the body by buiding the chimney to hide it
o Cack felt guilty so he stopped attending church on Sunday
• Cack lived for a few days after this. Before he died Parson Carryl tried his hardest to absolve his sin, and Cack made Cap'n Eb promise that he would have the old mill destroyed and bury the body
• Cap’n b helped take down the mill
• Aunt Lois does not believe this story .
• She thinks that Cap’n and Cack got drunk and dreamed the whole story
• The boys went down into the cellar with Sam to get some cider
• Sam told them to ask Aunt Lois about Ruth Sullivan

Ideas
The theme of the story is guilt.
The moral of the story and Sam's message to the boys is religion. Sam wanted to emphasize the need to go to church to the boys or you will lose your soul to the devil.
The problem of the story was the reoccuring lies and secrets.
The abstract concept is the guilt from the secret that Cack had to keep because of his father's crime.
Structure
Framed Narrative- story within a story

The story is told with heavy dialect because Sam Lawson was not very educated

The short story is almost all dialogue because the story is being told and talked about

There are fragments, short sentences, and long run-on sentences to emphasize Sam's dialect

Early Life
Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born on June 14, 1811
She was born in Litchfeild Connecticut
Harriet was the sixth of 11 children
Her parents were Rev. Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote Beecher
Her father was a very religious man
Some of her brothers became ministers, including Henry Ward Beecher who became a famous abolitionist, and Charles Beecher and Edward Beecher.
Family
Her parents were Rev. Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote Beecher
Her father was a very religious man
Some of her brothers became ministers, including Henry Ward Beecher who became a famous abolitionist, and Charles Beecher and Edward Beecher
Her mother was a very religious woman and died when Harriet was only five years old
Her father then married Harriet Porter Beecher (1800-1835). She was beautiful and she was also slightly overwhelmed by the 8 children she had inherited. She had her own children, Isabella, Thomas and James and they were added to the noisy household
She had a sister named Catharine and she was a teacher and author and she helped shape Harriet’s social views.
Education
Marriage and Family
Writing Career
• Writing let her express her feelings and personal beliefs
• Helped her family’s financial state
• Her writings began before she was married
o Primary Geography for Children
o New England Sketches, a short story collection
• Later she made The Mayflower
o The Coral Ring
o Also several essays and short stories were frequently published in newspaper and journals
married Calvin Ellis Stowe
they had 7 children
Death
- 70th Birthday
o Party
- July 1, 1896
- Academy Cemetery
- “Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe”
Cincinnati
-moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1832 when she was 21 years old
-joined a literary club called the Semi-colors
-Her father became the head of The Lane Theological Seminary
Cholera
- Epidemic in Cincinnati
- Her youngest daughter Charley died in July 1849
o
Our Charley
published in 1843
Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut
- Harriet Beecher Stowe House
o College
- Fugitive slave Act
- “the Cabin”
- Establishment of Schools
- Mark Twain

• In 1851Gamaliel Bailey and Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
o More than 40 installments were written
• She wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin full time
It was a depiction of life for African Americans under slavery
o It gave her financial stability
o It helped her understand the pain when enslaved mother’s babies were taken away from them to be sold
It was very successful as a novel and it even became a play
It was very influential in the United States and the United Kingdom
• She started writing more and more works per year including Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
o It recognized the case histories.
Uncle Tom's Cabin

• Other famous writings include The Minister’s Wooing ,The American Woman’s Home, and Lady Byron Vindicated
• Her writing career span over 51 years
• In the 51 years she published 30 books and numerous short stories, poems, articles, and hymns.
More Writing
- Harriet enrolled in a school ran by her sister, Catharine Beecher, that was traditional a school reserved for boys
- She ended up attending Sarah Pierce’s academy which was one of the earliest schools to encourage girls to sturdy academic subjects and not just ornamental arts
- In 1842, she was a student at Hartford Female Seminary where she later became a teacher
Questions about the Author

1) What issue did
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
deal with?
2) What disease did her youngest son, Charley, die from?
3) Where was Harriet Beecher born?
4) Who did Harriet marry?
5) How long was her writing career?

Isabella Akel
Brittany Barnello
Brooke Buckner
Grace Crawford
Emily Crow
Avery England
Answers
1) Slavery
2) Cholera
3) Connecticut
4) Calvin Ellis Stowe
5) 51 years

Work Cited
http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/hbs/
http://www.librarycompany.org/women/portraits/stowe.htm
http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/hbs/
http://voices.yahoo.com/summary-harriet-beecher-stowes-7109064.html?cat=4
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