- "Quietly," they said, "or we shall wake them."
- "But it wasn't that you woke us. "
- "Wandering through the house, opening the windows, whispering not to wake us, the ghostly couple seek their joy."
We can infer from these lines that those who were talking were ghosts and those who were narrating were people who could be woken up (alive) and were involved in the story.
- "From room to room they went ..."
- "It's upstairs,"she murmured. "And in the garden," he whispered."
A: "Stooping, their light lifts the lids upon my eyes."
C: "... one might say, and so read on a page of two."
D: "Look," he breathes. "Sound asleep. Love upon their lips."
i: "He left it, left her, went North, went East, saw the stars turned in the Southern sky; sought the house, found it dropped beneath the Downs."
iii: "... the ghostly couple seek their joy."
iii: "Here we slept," she says. And he adds, "kisses without number."
(A) Simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like" or "as".
(B) Metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one object or idea replaces another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them.
(C) Personification is the attribution of human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
(D) Repetition is a literary device in which a word or phrase is repeated two or more times.
(E) Alliteration is the repetition of initial consonant sounds of two or more closely connected words.
(F) Parallelism is a literary device in which sentences and phrases similar in construction or grammatical structure are used repeatedly.
The Haunted House
Extension: Think and Share
9. How would you describe the relationship of the ghostly couple? Support your answer with evidence from the story.
10. Would you consider "The Haunted House" a ghost story? Why or why not?
11. How does the writer portray the house as a living thing? What is the purpose of animating the house?
The house is described as a living object with heart beats and pulses (e.g. "'Safe, safe, safe,' the pulse of the house beats wildly.", "'Safe, safe, safe,' the heart of the house beats proudly.") throughout the story. The personification seems to suggest the house is capable of feeling, which echoes the ending which reveals that the buried treasure is "the light in the heart". The house is the chamber and sanctuary of the couple's love and where their hearts are.