The Canterville Ghost - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

A few days later, Virginia tears her dress while out riding. Upon arriving home, she goes up the back stairs, so no one will see her. She passes the sewing room where she thinks she sees her mother's maid. However, when she goes in, she sees it is the ghost sitting looking forlornly out the window. She tells him she feels sorry for him, and informs him that her brothers are leaving for Eton the next day, and if he behaves, no one will bother him. He explains that he cannot behave because the purpose of his existence is to rattle his chains and groan, etc. She says that that is not a good existence and he is bad for having killed his wife. He defends himself by saying that she was a bad wife and it is no one else's business. He tells Virginia that his...

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