The Ghost

William’s Cousin Mildred visits, describing how she is “living in hopes of a psychic revelation”. She hopes that the Browns house, being “old” (as William describes it) will show her something. William describes his experience of ghosts, all from his imagination, and then, to give something back to Cousin Mildred for her attentions, he dresses as a ghost, and enters her room, fleeing when she gets too eager. He then manages to fool his father into thinking that he didn’t make the bangs his father heard. Cousin Mildred leaves happy, giving William a box of chocolates – his pleasure fading when they make him feel sick.

Originally featured in Home Magazine August 1920)

Ethel appeared in the doorway. “Mother wants you,” she announced.

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