Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Canterville Ghost

Finished The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde. It was difficult to find a suitable book cover to display here since this is usually published in a collection of stories, so I have chosen an illustration instead.

This is the story of the old world coming up against the new. An American family moves to England and purchases Canterville Chase, which has been haunted for centuries by the ghost of Sir Simon Canterville. He has plagued his family for so long that they are no longer able to live in the great house. The American family, however, is easily up to the task. When a terrible blood stain appears on the carpet, they employ Pinkerton's Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent. When the ghost rattles his chains in the night he is offered Rising Sun Lubricator so that he can oil them. The younger sons of the family erect a fake ghost which scares the daylights out of Sir Simon. After this poor Sir Simon has no rest, until aided by the daughter of the American family, Virginia, who helps the ghost to find peace and thus eternal rest.

This was a fun and amusing read.

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