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what are the characters of a shady plot by elsie brown???? nd i need the summary of this lesson plz !!!!

Asked by Rhythm Garg(St Josephs convent senior secondary school Bathinda) , on 27/4/13



Your friend Tarika has given a correct answer about the names of the characters of the story.

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The characters of shady plot are John Hallock (narrator),Lavinia Hallock (John 's wife),Jenkins,Helen (lady ghost), Laura Hinkle (lavinia 's frnd) & Gladolia (maid).....but main characters are john,lavinia & helen

Posted by tarika.maj...on 8/11/11

 The story is about a man who starts getting cocky about his ability to bring forth ghost stories at his will and how he copes with the situation when he realises that he gets (the unwilling) help from a real ghost. the ghost demands a favour from him which he is unable to fulfill. The ghost then plays havoc with his married life leading to various comic situations.

Posted by Ch Sai Saranya(ETASI TIMPANY SCOOL,) on 10/11/11


tenkew every1

Posted by Syeda Saniya(INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL) on 4/12/11


 wat more can be asked from this chapter? some important questions?

Posted by Akhil Jain(J.H AMBANI SARASWATI VIDYA MANDIR) on 4/12/11


well, the story revolves around john hallock i e the narrator who turns into a mess all due to an inteference into her life by a ghost............ what actually happens is that a friend of the writer insists the writeri e john to write a ghost story as his ghost strories are always admired by the readers...john agrees as he is now quite confident of his writing skill. he sits alone but gets nothing in his mind and eventually ends up talking to himself with his mind completely blank to write a story....suddenly a ghost named helen appears and tells john that she belongs to a group of ghosts that help the writers to give ideas to write their stories.but she wont be helping her as the ghosts are going on strike due to the ouija boards that give the ghosts no time to rest. while leaving she asks the writer to do her a promise to stop his relatives and friends from using the ouija board. quite ironically,what happens that her wife actually buys an ouija board and moreover arranges a party of ouija boards......to add to the greif john is asked by his wife to imply the ouija board. during the party, helen ,through the ouija board  displays the words TRAITOR that means a cheater through the ouija board. all the ladies interpret it as john has an affair with the ghost and he flirts on the ouija board.

Posted by ishuuppal...on 14/12/11


hyy nice answer buddyy!!!thnxx it help me in my exams

Posted by Samaya Gupta(DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL) on 6/1/12


 why was the writer confident about his ability to write ghost story

Posted by Asifon 15/2/12


  Shady Plot, a short story by Elsie Brown, is in first person narrative describing a ghost story writer. The writer is urged by his friend to write a new ghost story for his magazine. The author is very disturbed and can 't figure out a proper storyline. While he contemplates on the plot of his story it turns dark. He starts talking to himself when suddenly he hears the ghost Helen 's voice. He is startled and unable to comprehend anything. He gaped helplessly when the ghost bursts into frustration: “What are you gaping at?” Here is when we know the reason to why the ghost is enraged. She reminisces on her past life as a human and how angry she was with people then. She speaks on behalf of all the people who have turned ghosts to stop humans from calling them often. She says they are through and are all going to call for a strike. This strike refers to not to appear or provide ideas to people for writing ghost stories. Thus, Helen commands the author not to involve in any activity as such which would mean calling the spirits. At noon, while he is still trying to work on a story, his wife Lavina brings a Ouija Board home and announces her party with the women from her Book Club. The writer, drowned in consternation by her declaration, tries to convince Lavina, his wife, to drop the idea. However, his wife makes him a partner of Laura Hinkle, one of the women from the Book Club who is quiet fond of Mr. Hallock (the author), to work on one of the Ouija boards. Though he tries to resist, his wife pays no heed. When the spirit descends, Laura asks it to tell something, the pointer started moving towards the letters to point out the word 'TRAITOR '. Bewildered, the writer has nothing to say so his partner asks the spirit to explain itself more fully. In response, the spirit spells 'ASK HIM '. This is when the author realises that it is actually Helen who is trying to interact with them. Unable to explain, the author feels miserable and his wife Lavina, who already goes ballistic, threatens to walk out on him. The scene then shifts back to his room when he is in a mournful state and Helen re-appears and asks him of when his wife would get rid of the Ouija Board. However, Lavina enters to bid him bye. She feels the queerness about him and demands like a boss what he is trying to conceal behind him and thrusts him aside only to see the ghost lady Helen. She is flabbergasted, and then she realises that she had speculated all wrongs that her husband had been possibly flirting with Helen of troy over the Ouija Board. Finally the ghost departs and Lavina apologises to her husband.

Posted by Gihs3on 14/3/12


 what genre of stories does jenkins want the narrator to write ? why?

Posted by Varshini(SREE NARAYANA MISSION SR SEC SCHOOL) on 4/10/12


 its supernatural genre, because it was what audience wantd

Posted by Sunidhion 7/11/12


lavinia is jealous, flirting, and posessive

Posted by Anilan(CHINMAYA VIDYALAYA) on 3/3/13

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