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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wilde , Wallace Goldsmith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 113 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846373050
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BTWDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,667 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Canterville Ghost is a short story by Oscar Wilde, full of his trademark wit with moments of underlying pathos and tragedy. The story begins with an American, Mr Hiram B. Otis, buying a house that the previous owner warns him is haunted. Sir Simon de Canterville murdered his wife around three hundred years ago, and since his death, his ghost has haunted the house. Mr Otis doesn’t heed the warning, stating:

“I reckon that if there was 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.”

Mr Otis lives with his wife and four children. The eldest child is a young man:

“... christened Washington by his parents in a moment of patriotism, which he never ceased to regret.”

He is followed by a sister, Virginia, who is very sweet and kind, and the youngest members of the family are tearaway twin boys.

The Ghost is extremely proud of his track record. The servants are all terrified of him and he has literally scared people to death, driven them mad or caused them to commit suicide. So when this new family moves in he anticipates their fear. The first evidence the family sees of the ghost’s existence is a bloodstain in the spot where he killed his wife. They are told by their housekeeper that if cleaned away the bloodstain returns, but they react to this differently than he’d expected:

“The blood stain has been much admired by tourists and others, and cannot be removed.”
“That is all nonsense,” cried Washington Otis. “Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent will clean it up in no time.”

Undaunted, the Ghost decides to scare Mr Otis, by clanking his chains in the middle of the night:

“My dear sir,” said Mr Otis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming story. 3 Sep 2013
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When Sir Simon de Canterville murdered his wife back in the 17th century he was walled up alive by his brother in laws and doomed to spend eternity haunting Canterville Hall.

When an American family rent the ancestral pile from the present Lord Canterville he tells them about the ghost expecting that they will leave immediately. No chance..........the twins have great fun frightening the wits out of the poor old ghost and nobody is frightened of him. It is not until the twins Sister, finds the ghost crying that things start to change for Sir Simon. She had read the prophecy on the stained glass window and agrees to help him.........will she succeed?

You'll just have to download this wonderful freebie to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A enjoyable story 8 Sep 2014
By Julie
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I have never read any books by this author before although I am familiar with some of the stories. I enjoyed this story very much. I would describe it as easy reading and would probably appeal to a younger reader as I think the jokes played the twins would amuse them. I am definitely not a teenager and have to say that I would recommend this story to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
By Steve
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Wilde deserves all the praise he has had. I read this to catch up on my education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Oscar wilde 14 July 2014
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This is the first thing I've read by this author. It had me laughing out loud and feeling sorry for the ghost even though he killed his wife. I'll definitely be reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 July 2014
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Hugely enjoyable. A quick read, suitable for children and adults alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Canterville's thin but niceghost 3 Jun 2014
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A nice story about an old ghost that isn't very frightening! Well written with some clear touché of Oscar Wilde but ultimately quite thin. A nice idea and somewhat similar to an early Hogwarts and Harry Potter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 May 2014
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this is one of my favourite book I love everything about it and I can not put it down well done highly recommend
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