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The Canterville Ghost
Transcript of The Canterville Ghost
with ghost Oscar Wilde
An Irish writer and poet. One of most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.
All his works lampooned the morals and taboos of Victorian society and exposes its hypocrisies, with a highly successful blend of humor and sharp wit.
In his works is characteristic the use of mixed aspects of fantasy and realism... as they occur in this book. They're frightening
They appear and disappear
They scream and make sounds
They don't have feelings
They haunt abandoned houses
They don't wear any clothes Main characters
Sir Simon de Canterville
Mr. Hiram B Otis
Mrs. Lucretia R. Tappan
Miss Virginia E. Otis
Lady Eleanore de Canterville
Duke of Chesire Mr Otis wanted to buy Canterville Chase ignoring the warning of Lord Canterville: ¡all the place had been haunted since 1584! They noticed a blood-stain on the floor by the fireplace For Washington: sit at the foot of the bed and stab himself three times in the throat to the sound of slow music
For Mr and Mrs Otis: place a cold, wet hand on hers forehead, while he whispered the awful secrets of the mortuary into her trembling husband's ear
For the twins: sit on their chests to reproduce the sensation of a nightmare, stand between them in the form of a green, icy-cold dead body until they became paralysed with fear and finally to throw off the shroud and crawl around the room with bones and one rolling eyeball
For Virginia: a few low groans from the wardrobe A very particular story... Mr Otis just said "My lord, I will take the furniture and the ghost at a valuation. (...) If there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we'd have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums, or on the road as a show". "That is all nonsense, Pinkerton's Campion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent will clean it up in no time"
Mrs Umney fainted and Mr Otis Said to his wife:
"Make her pay every time she does it, as with anything she breaks. She won't faint after that". When all the family was sleeping, Mr Otis was awakened by a curious noise in the corridor, he stood up and went there and saw the ghost "My dear Sir, I really must insist on your oiling those chains an have brought you for that purpose a small bottle of Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator (...) I will be happy to supply you with more should you require it" At the next day, the blood-stain was there again These kaleidoscopic changes of the blood-stain amused the family very much, and the made bets on the subject each evening Sunday night when the family was sleeping, they heard a terrible crash in the hall: They found a large suit of armour in the floor while in a chair was the ghost rubbing his knees with an expression of agony on his face Sir Simon ran away and some minutes later he recovered himself and decided to give his famous demon's laughter, then Mrs Otis went out and said:
"I am afraid you are far from well and so I have brought you a bottle of Dr Dobell's medicine. If it is indigestion you will find it an excellent remedy" First he chose his costume: a large hat with a red feather, a shroud and a rusty dagger