In the story, ghost is something that one does not recognize until long after. In the beginning of the story, when Edward Boyne asks Alida Stairs whether or not there is a ghost in Lyng, Alida’s response is “Oh, there is one, of course, but you’ll never know it.” (41) Edith Warton tries to prove that the ghost is something that one does not recognize through a conversation between Edward and Alida; Edward’s question is “That there’s a ghost, but that nobody knows it’s a ghost?” (41) and the answer to his question is “Well – not till afterward, at any rate” (41). As for Mary, in her home at Lyng, she is aware that ‘when one did see a ghost at Lyng, one did not know it.’ (44) When Mary is talki...
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...in a family – Ned went missing and Mary had to adjust to living alone. This way, Warton urges her readers to be transparent to family members because a stable family is built on an important foundation, which is trust. And with a stable family, they will be able live together happily, knowing that their family members are supporting their backs.
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