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A ghostly conversation

'That's no reason for existing, and you know you have been very wicked. Mrs Umney told us, the first day we arrived here, that you had killed your wife.'

'Well, of course I did,' said the Ghost, 'but that was completely a family affair. No one else was involved.'

'It is very wrong to kill anyone,' said Virginia, who sometimes had a sweet Puritan seriousness, which she must have got from some old New England ancestor.