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Saima from INTERNATIONAL INDIAN SCHOOL, asked a question
Subject: English , asked on 24/4/15

character sketch of the important characters of the novel - " The Canterville ghost "by Oscar wild

Kinjalk Bajpai From St. Joseph's Sr Sec School, added an answer, on 22/9/14
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Sir Simon De Canteville :- e is a sixteenth-century ancestor of Lord Canterville. When alive, he murders his wife, Lady Eleanore, for being a poor housekeeper. Later, he is starved to death by his wifes brothers in retribution for his crime. His skeleton, chained in a little room, is discovered in the late nineteenth century by the American residents of the house.

For three hundred years, the disembodied spirit of Sir Simon roams Canterville Chase, haunting and terrorising its inhabitants. He takes especial pleasure in frightening his relations. He goes about his nocturnal expeditions with a strong sense of duty. It is the sole reason for his existence. He takes pride in scaring people to insanity and death. He delights in recalling his long list of victims and his different ghostly attires such as the Blood-Sucker of Bexley Moor, the Headless Earl and Jonas the Graveless.

Nevertheless, the much-feared ghost proves inadequate in case of the Otises. His attempts at striking terror in their hearts are either ignored by them or foiled by the pranks of the Otis twins. In fact, the practical jokes of the twins affect the ghost so much that he exists in perpetual fear of the two.

Mr. Hiram B Otis : - He is the American ambassador to the royal court of England. He is a rational and pragmatic American Republican. He comes from a modern country which has everything that can be bought. He refuses to believe that Canterville Chase is haunted despite what his acquaintances say. Later, however, after the constant reappearance of the bloodstain in the library, he has to accept the existence of the disembodied spirit.

Yet, this revelation does not frighten him. It is simply an amusing fact that he can learn to live with and ignore. However, when the clamour of the ghosts chains proves to be a nuisance to his sleep, he has to intervene. He offers the ghost Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator—a symbol of practical American consumerism—to oil his chains.

Mr. Otis does not approve of titles and the enfeebling influences of the pleasure-loving aristocracy. This disapproval makes him object, initially, to his daughter marrying a duke. This distrust of the nobility is quite unlike his eldest son, Washingtons fondness for the members of the titled class. Mr. Otis is also a man of honour. This is evident in his attempt to restore the Canterville jewels, gifted to Virginia by the ghost, to Lord Canterville.

Mrs. Lucretia Otis :- She is the wife of the American ambassador to the royal court of England. Before marriage, she was called Miss Lucretia R. Tappan and was well known for her beauty. She is described as a very handsome, middle-aged woman, with fine eyes, and a superb profile. 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.

Mrs. Otis, much like others in her family, represents American practicality and consumerism. When the bloodstain keeps reappearing after its removal, the Otises are forced to acknowledge the ghosts presence in the house. Consequently, Mrs. Otis expresses her wish to join the Psychical Society—to gain a better understanding about spirits and the way to interact with them. The most horrible laugh of the ghost, which is meant to scare the Otises, prompts Mrs. Otis to provide him with a bottle of Doctor Dobells tincture. She thinks that he suffers from indigestion and will find the medicine a most excellent cure. She also knows a lot about valuables. It is she who recognises the great monetary worth of the gift Virginia receives from the ghost.

Washington Otis :- He is the eldest of the Otis children. 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. This sets him apart from his father who does not approve of titles and the enfeebling influences of the pleasure-loving aristocracy.

Like others in his family, Washington speaks the language of practical consumerism. When Mrs. Umney declares that the bloodstain in the library cannot be removed, he scoffs at the idea. He believes that Pinkertons Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent are enough to remove the stain. And he does successfully rub it out. However, its reappearance after every such removal prompts him to acknowledge it to be the working of a ghost. He proceeds to write a letter to Messrs. Myers and Podmore—noted writers on psychic matter— on the subject of the imperishable nature of bloodstains left after a crime. We are told that the ghost bears a special grudge towards Washington because of his excessive zeal in rubbing out the bloodstain time and again.

Ms. Virginia E. Otis :- She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis. She was born in a London suburb shortly after Mrs. Otis returned from a trip to Athens. 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, dishonest. Yet, despite his crime and his offensive remarks, she cannot help pity his forlorn condition. She shows an inclination towards forgiveness and love. She offers him food and later, agrees to help him enter the Garden of Death. Clearly, she is the golden girl of the prophecy. Her selflessness bears fruit and Sir Simon is able to attain everlasting sleep.

Virginia grows up to marry her boy-lover, Cecil, the Duke of Cheshire. For her, the encounter with the ghost is a life-changing event. As she tells her husband, it has helped her understand the significance of life and death, and the power of love over the two.

The Otis Twins :- They are the youngest members of the Otis family. They study at Eton, an English boarding school. We are told that The Star and Stripes—a reference to the American flag—is 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. They even cause him to be drenched in water. All these pranks foil his every attempt to frighten the Otises, leaving him feeling molested, wounded, shocked and depressed. In fact, they succeed in frightening him to such an extent that he is forced to stop all his nocturnal expeditions.

The twins are said to be very fond of their sister and her disappearance leaves them awestruck and subdued. However, they are back to their chirpy selves on their sisters reappearance.

Lord Canterville :- A member of the English aristocracy, he is a descendant of Sir Simon de Canterville—the old ghost of Canterville Chase. He is described as a man of the most punctilious honour. This becomes evident when he confesses to Mr. Otis about the presence of a ghost in Canterville Chase. He considers it his duty to warn the American about the ghost in the house that he wishes to buy. This sense of honour is on display once again when he refuses to accept the jewels gifted to Virginia Otis by the ghost. Despite the protestations of Mr. Otis, he assures him that no one but the young Virginia is the rightful owner of the jewels. Another expression of Lord Cantervilles duty-bound nature is his presence at the grand funeral of the remains of Sir Simon. He is the chief mourner in the funeral procession, having come up especially from Wales for the occasion.

Cecil the Duke Of Chesire :- Cecil, the duke of Cheshire, is a member of the English nobility. A handsome young boy, he studies at Eton and is in love with Virginia Otis. Overcome by his love for the girl, he proposes her in a park after seeing her race and beat Lord Bilton. This, however, does not go down well with the elders. Consequently, he is sent back to his school that very night.

We are told that the young dukes ancestors are distantly related to Sir Simon de Canterville. The ghost takes particular delight in terrorising his relations. So, the fact that the duke is related to him makes him an especially desirable victim.

When Virginia disappears, the duke begs to be part of the search party. He is frantic with anxiety for Virginias safety. He displays his devotion to Virginia when he discreetly follows Mr. Otis riding towards the railway station. He smothers Virginia with kisses when she reappears. Ultimately, his love triumphs and wins over everyone. To everyones delight, he marries Virginia. Later, he is interested in knowing about the time Virginia spent with the ghost. However, he does not insist on it. He declares that her love is more important to him than the secret.

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Abhinav Sinha From Kendriya Vidyalaya, added an answer, on 19/10/12
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Main Characters:-  The ghost, Virginia and Mr. Otis. 

Secondery  Characters   :-  Washington, Mrs. Otis, the twins, Duke of Chesire, Lor Canterville and Mrs. Umney.

 

Lord Canterville  belongs to a very old British family who has been the owner of Canterville Chase for three centuries. He sold the haunted house to Hiram Otis after warning him about the ghost.
Mr. Otis  is the American Ambassador. He is a very rich man who came from a modern country where everything can be bought with money. He bought Canterville Chase and went there to live with his family. He doesn’t care about the ghost because he doesn’t believe in it.
Mrs. Otis  is Hiram Otis’s wife. She had been a well-known New York beauty. She was now a fine-looking middle-aged woman, and in many ways she looked like an English lady.
Washington   is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis. He was a fair-haired, rather good-looking young man. He was famous as an excellent dancer. He was very sensible.
Miss Virginia  was a lovely girl of fifteen, with large blue eyes. She was a good sportswoman and loved to ride horses. Virginia was the only one that didn’t seem to share her brother’s jokes to the ghost.
The Twins  were two happy little boys who laughed and shouted a lot. They liked to play tricks on people and were often punished for them.
Mrs. Umney  is the housekeeper of Canterville Chase. She is an old woman dressed in black. She greeted the Otis family when they arrived.
The Ghost :  Sir Simon the Canterville, the ghost, killed his wife Lady Eleanore the Canterville in 1575. He lived for nine years after that, and then he disappeared very mysteriously. His body was never discovered , but his ghost still haunts the Chase.
He has the ability to change forms so he takes the role of ghostly apparitions.
heshire. 
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Pdd From Army Public School, added an answer, on 22/7/14
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LORD CANTERVILLE:

A member of the English aristocracy, he is a descendant of Sir Simon de Canterville—the old ghost of Canterville Chase. He is described as a man of the most punctilious honour. This becomes evident when he confesses to Mr. Otis about the presence of a ghost in Canterville Chase. He considers it his duty to warn the American about the ghost in the house that he wishes to buy. This sense of honour is on display once again when he refuses to accept the jewels gifted to Virginia Otis by the ghost. SIR SIMON THE CANTERVILLE: He is a sixteenth-century ancestor of Lord Canterville. When alive, he murders his wife, Lady Eleanore, for being a poor housekeeper. Later, he isstarvedto death by hiswifesbrothers in retribution for his crime. His skeleton, chained in a little room, is discovered in the late nineteenth century by the American residents of the house. For three hundred years, the disembodied spirit of Sir Simon roams Canterville Chase, haunting and terrorising its inhabitants. He takes especial pleasure in frightening his relations. He goes about his nocturnal expeditions with a strong sense of duty. It is the solereasonfor his existence. He takes pride in scaring people to insanity and death. He delights in recalling his long list of victims and his different ghostly attires such as the Blood-Sucker of Bexley Moor, the Headless Earl and Jonas the Graveless. Mr. HIRAM B. OTIS: He is the American ambassador to the royal court of England. He is a rational and pragmatic American Republican. He comes from a modern country which has everything that can be bought. He refuses to believe that Canterville Chase is haunted despite what hisacquaintancessay. Later, however, after the constant reappearance of the bloodstain in the library, he has to accept the existence of the disembodied spirit. MRS. LUCRETIA OTIS: She is the wife of the American ambassador to the royal court of England. Before marriage, she was called Miss Lucretia R. Tappan and was well known for her beauty. She is described as a very handsome, middle-aged woman, with fine eyes, and a superb profile. The author praises her for having a magnificent constitution and a really wonderful amount of animal spirits. He says that on thisaccountshe was more English than American. WASHINGTON OTIS: He is the eldest of the Otis children. We are told thatWashington, 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. This sets him apart from his father who does not approve of titles and the enfeebling influences of the pleasure-loving aristocracy VIRGINIA OTIS: She is thedaughterof Mr. and Mrs. Otis. She was born in a London suburb shortly after Mrs. Otis returned from a trip to Athens. 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 greatregardfor herfamily. So, she takes offence when the ghost calls her family horrid, rude, vulgar, dishonest. THE OTIS TWINS: They are the youngest members of the Otis family. They study at Eton, an English boarding school. We are told that The Star and Stripes—a reference to the American flag—is thenicknamefor 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.
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Nisarag , added an answer, on 11/3/14
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the twins are 2 cool kids who are always picking on the ghost...

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Sneha Chopra From Delhi Public School, added an answer, on 1/10/12
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Shubham From Nalanda International School, added an answer, on 4/3/16
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Mr. Otis: The father of the Otis family. He is a middle-aged American minister; he is determinated, inflexible, rational, practical and pragmatic, in conclusion a true American. In fact at the beginning he believes that the ghost doesn’t exist, then, when he personally meets him, he is indifferent: he has more important things to do, making money, for example.
 
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Harithasree From R.m.k.senior Secondary School, added an answer, on 17/8/15
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the twins played their tricks on the canterville ghost
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Raju , added an answer, on 23/8/13
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He is the eldest of the Otis children. 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. This sets him apart from his father who does not approve of titles and the enfeebling influences of the pleasure-loving aristocracy

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Sidharth Sharma From Somerville School, added an answer, on 18/11/12
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 what about the main charachetrs- the twins and virginia's lover too 

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Raju , added an answer, on 23/8/13
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He is the eldest of the Otis children. 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. This sets him apart from his father who does not approve of titles and the enfeebling influences of the pleasure-loving aristocracy

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umangmaheshwarimps... , added an answer, on 7/6/13
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Nathasha Mohamed From Alphonsa English High School, added an answer, on 16/11/16
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~~LORD CANTERVILLE: The owners of canterville chase who sold it to Mr. Otis. He warned about the ghost.

MRS OTIS:  She looked like an English Lady. She had been a well-known Ney York beauty.   The mother isn't scared of the ghost and even asks him if he wants a remedy for his stomach.

MR OTIS: The father of the Otis family. The American Ambassador. He bought the Canterville Chase. He comes from a modern country where they have everything that money can buy. He is determinated, inflexible, rational, practical and pragmatic, in conclusion a true American

VIRGINIA:  Was a lovely girl of fifteen with large blue eyes. She was a good sportswoman and loved to ride horses. In respect to her family she is kind and with weling heart. The daughter is the only one in the family who is scared by the ghost. She never speaks except to the ghost, at the end of the story.


THE TWINS: Two happy little boys who laughed and shouted a lot. They liked to play tricks on people and were often punished for them. All  along  the story, they imagine jokes and even dress up as ghosts.

WASHINGTON: Was Mr. Otis son. He was a famous and excellent dancer. He was a very sensible young man.

MRS UMNEY: She was the housekeeper. She was an old woman in a black dress. She believed in the ghost. She was a representative of old British traditions.

THE GHOST: His name was Sir Simon and died in 1584, his spirit still haunts the Chase. He murdered his wife. He disappeared and his body was never discovered. . His aspect is very terrible: He is an old man, his eyes were as red burning coals, long grey hair fell over his shoulders in matted coils, his garments, which were of antique cut, were soiled and ragged, and from his wrists and ankles hung heavy manacles and rusty gyves.

DUKE OF CHESIRE: He is a handsome young scapegrace desperately in love with the fifteen-year old Virginia Otis. When Virginia vanishes, he insists on being part of the search party. As soon as she reappears, he smothers her with kisses. His devotion is rewarded, and Virginia consents to become the Duchess of Cheshire.

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Gunashekar From Sinhgad Public School, added an answer, on 23/11/16
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helped a lot thank u very very much
 
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Prince From Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir, added an answer, on 14/12/16
The important character was the canterville ghost Ans. in the beginning of the story ghost appears to be wicked manipulative ,ill-behaved
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Pdd From Army Public School, added an answer, on 22/7/14
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canterville ghost

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Amrita , added an answer, on 9/8/13

long paragraph on virginia otis of canterville ghost

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Sneha Chopra From Delhi Public School, added an answer, on 1/10/12
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Mr. Otis: The father of the Otis family. He is a middle-aged American minister; he is determinated, inflexible, rational, practical and pragmatic, in conclusion a true American. In fact at the beginning he believes that the ghost doesn’t exist, then, when he personally meets him, he is indifferent: he has more important things to do, making money, for example.
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Yoyo nice story
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Charecter sketch of the twins

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Friends, nice question and cute answers. Just what i expected to see. 
 
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