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Otis, an American minister. Though the former owner, Lord Canterville, warns Mr.
Otis that the mansion is haunted, Mr. Otis is not worried and replies that ghosts do not exist. Otis moves into the Chase with the rest of his family: Upon moving in, Mrs. Otis notices a dull red stain on the floor and requests that it be cleaned.
Their housekeeper reveals that it is a bloodstain from the murder of Lady Eleanore de Canterville, who was killed in by her husband, Sir Simon de Canterville, and that it cannot be removed. As soon as the stain is removed, lightning flashes and a peal of thunder rocks the house.
The housekeeper faints in terror. The next morning, the Otises find that the stain has mysteriously returned. For the next few days they routinely clean the stain only to see it reappear the next morning. Intrigued, the Otis family decides that the house is, in fact, haunted.
A few nights later, Mr. Otis is awakened in the middle of the night by a clanking noise. Venturing into the hallway, he encounters the ghost of Sir Simon. Otis politely insists that the ghost oil his chains and gives him a bottle of Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator for this purpose.
Utterly humiliated, Sir Simon retreats down the hallway until he encounters the twins, who throw pillows at his head. Returning to his chamber, Sir Simon remembers his long and successful career as a ghost, fuming that never in three hundred years of haunting maids and guests has he been so insulted.
Though the bloodstain remains, the Otises humorously note that it is changing in color on a daily basis. Virginia Otis, however, does not find the changing stain amusing and appears inexplicably distressed by it. One day, the family discovers Sir Simon in an embarrassing position: The twins shoot at him with pea shooters and when Sir Simon tries to scare the family with his most evil laugh, Mrs.
Otis adds insult to injury by suggesting that he may be suffering from indigestion. For several days afterward, Sir Simon is ill and keeps mostly to his room.
Soon, however, he resolves to make a third attempt at scaring the Otises and picks out a suitably terrifying outfit. Believing them to be a real ghost, Sir Simon flees in utter terror. Depressed, Sir Simon retreats from his ghostly duties, deciding not to replace the bloodstain and taking care to make himself as unnoticeable as possible.
Having finally given up hope of ever scaring the Otis family, Sir Simon stops appearing and the members of the Otis family return to their normal lives, assuming that he has left forever. The young Duke of Cheshire falls in love with Virginia and comes to stay at the house.
One day, Virginia stumbles upon the ghost as she returns from riding with the Duke. Taking pity on him, Virginia suggests that he begin behaving himself. Sir Simon replies that it is no use asking him to go against his nature as a ghost.
They argue over whether or not Sir Simon was wrong to kill his wife until Virginia finally suggests that he immigrate to America to make a fresh start.The Canterville Ghost study guide contains a biography of Oscar Wilde, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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