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Ravi Bajpai , asked a question
Subject: English , asked on 20/5/15

what are the character sketch of :- (In brief)

1) Mr. Otis

2) The ghost

3)Washington

4) Virginia

Raju , added an answer, on 23/8/13
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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 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. 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. 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. 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 VIRGINIA 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. 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.
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Tarun , added an answer, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
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4) Virigina is a good-hearted, active fifteen year old girl. Wilde says of her that she “was a little girl of fifteen, lithe and lovely as a fawn, and with a fine freedom in her large blue eyes." She was a wonderful Amazon, and had once raced old Lord Bilton on her pony twice round the park, winning by a length and a half, just in front of the Achilles statue, to the huge delight of the young Duke of Cheshire, who proposed for her on the spot, and was sent back to Eton that very night by his guardians, in floods of tears.” For all her activity, Virigina is distinguished from her brothers in that she does not participate in any of the pranks they play on the ghost. But Virginia gets angry and shouts at the ghost as soon as the ghost says to her that her family is so rude and harsh to him. This shows that Virginia loves her family.Notably, it is Virigina that gains the ghost’s confidence in Chapter 5, and it is her sympathy and understanding that makes it possible for the ghost to finally find rest. As the Duke says to Virginia when she leads her family to the ghost’s skeleton, now at peace: “What an angel you are!”
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Tarun , added an answer, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
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3)​Washington was the eldest son of Mr. Hiram B Otis. He was a fair-haired, good-looking young man. He had qualified himself for American diplomacy by leading the German at the Newport Casino for three successive seasons, and even in London was well known as an excellent dancer. Gardenias and the peerage were his only weaknesses. Otherwise he was extremely sensible. He did not believe in the presence of ghosts. He waved aside Mrs Umney's spooky description of the blood mark on the floor, and immediately removed the blood stain usingPinkerton's Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent. Later on, when the blood stain reappeared repeatedly on the library floor, in place of feeling scared, he had complete confidence in the quality of the detergent as he had used it successfully on earlier occasions. He decided to write a letter to Messrs. Myers and Podmore on the subject of the Permanence of Sanguineous Stains when connected with Crime.
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Ankita Priyadarshani , added an answer, on 30/4/17
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yes it should be beautiful not handsome!!
 
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Bhavya Kotak , added an answer, on 4/3/17
Mr Otis: boring
 
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M A Y I S H A , added an answer, on 1/7/16
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Raju at the characteristics part of Mrs. Lucretia it should be - she is described as a very beautiful women * not handsome. :)
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Danish Arora , added an answer, on 19/2/17
Lakshita u first see and thn u have say this it is handsome not beautiful
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Gaurav Samuel , added an answer, on 14/2/17
hahahaha
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Tarun , added an answer, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
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1)​ Mr Otis is clearly forceful and direct. He openly speaks his mind as illustrated when he speaks to the owner of the CANTERVILLE CHASE about the ghost. He tells him that if such a thing existed, it would be used in a roadshow or put on display in a museum. This further indicates that he is not at all superstitious and is a realist, one who deals with things as they are and does not believe in fantasy . He is entirely matter-of-fact with regard to whatever he is told. This aspect is displayed in the manner in which he responds to Mrs Umney's fainting, suggesting that she should be penalized financially for breakages in service if she should repeatedly faint.

Mr Otis evidently is a fearless man. This is most pertinently illustrated in his many confrontations with the ghost. In his first encounter with the supernatural entity, for example, he does not panic or become afraid. He, instead, treats the phantom as he would any ordinary person. He, furthermore, dispenses advice and suggests that the spirit oil its chains since they make so much noise. This also shows that he is a practical man who would readily seek solutions to problems

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Saheel Sapovadia , added an answer, 1 week, 4 days ago
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