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Despite the ghost's efforts to appear in the most gruesome guises, the family refuses to be frightened, and Sir Simon feels increasingly helpless and humiliated.
When Mrs Otis notices a mysterious red mark on the floor, she simply replies that " she does not at all care for blood stains in the sitting room". When Mrs Umney informs Mrs Otis that the blood stain is indeed evidence of the ghost and cannot be removed, Washington Otis, the eldest son, suggests that the stain will be removed with Pinkerton's Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent: a quick fix, like the Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator, and a practical way of dealing with the problem.
Wilde describes Mrs Otis as "a very handsome middle-aged woman" who has been "a celebrated New York belle". Her expression of "modern" American culture surfaces when she immediately resorts to giving the ghost "Doctor Dobell's tincture", thinking he was screaming due to indigestion at the family's second encounter with the ghost, and when she expresses an interest in joining the Psychical Society to help her understand the ghost.
Mrs Otis is given Wilde's highest praise when he says: "Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English He assumes a series of dramatic roles in his failed attempts to impress and terrify the Otises, making it easy to imagine him as a comical character in a stage play. The ghost has the ability to change forms, so he taps into his repertoire of tricks. He takes the role of ghostly apparitions such as a Headless Earl, a Strangled Babe, the Blood-Sucker of Bexley Moor, Suicide's Skeleton, and the Corpse-Snatcher of Chertsey Barn, all having succeeded in horrifying previous castle residents over the centuries.
But none of them works with these Americans. Sir Simon schemes, but even as his costumes become increasingly gruesome, his antics do nothing to scare his house guests, and the Otises beat him every time. He falls victim to tripwires , peashooters , butter-slides, and falling buckets of water. Many American ladies on leaving their native land adopt an appearance of chronic ill-health, under the impression that it is a form of European refinement, but Mrs.
Otis had never fallen into this error. She had a magnificent constitution, and a really wonderful amount of animal spirits. Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. Her eldest son, christened Washington by his parents in a moment of patriotism, which he never ceased to regret, was a fair-haired, rather good-looking young man, who had qualified himself for American diplomacy by leading the German at the Newport Casino for three successive seasons, and even in London was well known as an excellent dancer.
Gardenias and the peerage were his only weaknesses. Otherwise he was extremely sensible. Miss Virginia E. Otis was a little girl of fifteen, lithe and lovely as a fawn, and with a fine freedom in her large blue eyes. She was a wonderful Amazon, and had once raced old Lord Bilton on her pony twice round the park, winning by a length and a half, just in front of the Achilles statue, to the huge delight of the young Duke of Cheshire, who proposed for her on the spot, and was sent back to Eton that very night by his guardians, in floods of tears.
After Virginia came the twins, who were usually called "The Star and Stripes," as they were always getting swished.
They were delightful boys, and, with the exception of the worthy Minister, the only true republicans of the family. As Canterville Chase is seven miles from Ascot, the nearest railway station, Mr.
Otis had telegraphed for a waggonette to meet them, and they started on their drive in high spirits. It was a lovely July evening, and the air was delicate with the scent of the pinewoods.
Now and then they heard a wood-pigeon brooding over its own sweet voice, or saw, deep in the rustling fern, the burnished breast of the pheasant. The author praises her for having a magnificent constitution and a really wonderful amount of animal spirits. He says that on this account she was more English than American. The mother isn't scared of the ghost and even asks him if he wants a remedy for his stomach.
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
We are told that Washington, named after the first President of the United States, does not like his name very much.
He is described as fair-haired, good-looking and an excellent dancer.
He is said to display an excessive fondness towards the nobility. She was born in a London suburb shortly after Mrs. Otis returned from a trip to Athens.
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She is athletic and free-spirited, with golden hair and large blue eyes. She is a good rider who once raced and beat Lord Bilton.
Virginia is shown to have a sense of right and wrong. She censures the ghost for murdering his poor wife. She has a great regard for her family.
So, she takes offence when the ghost calls her family horrid, rude, vulgar, and dishonest. They study at Eton, an English boarding school. We are told that The Star and Stripesa reference to the American flagis the nickname for the twin brothers.
They prove to be the Canterville ghosts nemeses. They attack him with pillows and pea shooters. They dress up as ghosts to scare him off his wits.
They set trip wires and butter slides in different parts of the house to make him fall. Umney: the old house-keeper of Canterville Chase is very terrified by the ghost and tries to warn the family.
Wilde has the stage now for a conflict between the strong-willed intelligent family on one side and an insecure ghost on the other. As the story progresses, the ghost becomes increasingly agitated by its failure to frighten the Otis family.
On top of his failure to scare the family, the ghost endures the indignity of being the victim of practical jokes orchestrated by the twins. From the beginning of "The Canterville Ghost," Wilde compares the behavior of the American Otises with that of the British upper classes. Lord Canterville warns Mr.
The Canterville Ghost
Horace B. Otis that the presence of a ghost has made Canterville Chase uninhabitable. Otis, however, remains a 2 Page By Oscar Wilde skeptic. If there were any ghosts in Europe, he reasons, Americans would have bought them along with all that is old and venerable in Europe. Europe is for sale, and Americans are buying, which is why the Otises can purchase Canterville Chase in the first place.
Even the Otises, who espouse American superiority, cannot deny the Ghost's existence after he appears to them in chains. But the Ghost, who has been scaring the wits out of the English aristocracy for three hundred years, cannot produce a scream from a single Otis.
They counter his chains with lubricant, his bloodstains with Pinkerton's detergent.Oscar Wilde Excerpt: When Mr. For a moment he paused there, the wind blowing his long grey locks about his head, and twisting into grotesque and fantastic folds the nameless horror of the dead man's shroud. Otis was a little girl of fifteen, lithe and lovely as a fawn, and with a fine freedom in her large blue eyes.
Even when he finally regains his strength, he keeps well away from the Otis family, though the twins keep a constant vigil. On reaching the top of the staircase he recovered himself, and determined to give his celebrated peal of demoniac laughter.
He had worn it with great success at the Kenilworth tournament, and had been highly complimented on it by no less a person than the Virgin Queen herself. They were perfectly magnificent, especially a certain ruby necklace with old Venetian setting, which was really a superb specimen of sixteenth-century work, and their value was so great that Mr.
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