List Of Characters John Hallock - Narrator Jenkins – John’s Boss Gladolia – The maid Helen – She Ghost Lavinia Hallock – John’s wifeLaura Hinkle – Lavinia’s friend
Overview Hallock, Give us another on theJohn Hallock was a ghost supernatural thisfiction writer. Though his time. Something to give them thestories were not published in all horrors!magazines, there was at least Precisely!Jenkins magazine to publishhis stories. For this, Hallockwas in debt to his publisher andso it was hard to think ofrefusing another ghost story forJenkins whenever he wantedone.
Having agreed to write another story for Jenkins, John Hallocksat at his table, waiting for a new plot. He waited and waited forsuch a long time but no idea for a plot dawned in his mind butmind wandered off to things like his wife’s habit of buying everynew fad in the market. Then for the first time he was visited by areal ghost! How am I going to cure her of her alarming tendency to take up every new fad? This writing business is delightful, isn’t it? Yes… I should say it is!
The she-ghost, Helen, descends and says that all the ghosts are going onleave and that they be not disturbed by people like him.. She explains thatit is actually the ghosts who have been helping all the writers to get newplots to write on. They have formed the writers inspirational bureauwhich helps the new writers. They are now on strike. If he wants them tohelp him then he has to stop all his relatives from using Ouija Board.
At noon, while he is still trying to work on a story, his wife Lavinabrings a Ouija Board home and announces her party with the womenfrom her Book Club. The writer, drowned in consternation by herdeclaration, tries to convince Lavina, his wife, to drop the idea. You Know I bought the loveliest thing It… it this afternoon. isn’t… You’d never guess in the world. It’s the duckiest, darlingest Ouija Board, and so cheap! I got it at a bargain sale.
When he came back from work his wife made him a partner ofLaura Hinkle, one of the women from the Book Club who is quietfond of Mr. Hallock (the author), to work on one of the Ouijaboards. Though he tried to resist, his wife paid no heed. John! John, dear, I know you will help us out. Poor Laura Hinkle is without a partner. Laura can’t work a Ouija by herself, and she’ll have a bad time unless you… Me! Me! I won’t……
When the spirit descended, Laura asked it to tell something
Questionnaire BreakWhy was John reluctant to join Laura in the party?Ans. He was reluctant to join the party as the ghost had asked him tostop his relatives and himself from using Ouija Board.Why was Helen calling John a traitor?Ans. She was calling him a traitor as he had to stop people usingOuija Board but he himself was using it.How did John’s affliction worsen the situation?Ans. The series of events made his wife suspicious of him.
As soon as Lavinia came back from behind the books Mrs. LauraHinkle coyly explained the series of events that had just happened. Why, isnt that What is? curious! Someone giving the name of Helen has just been calling for your husband here.
Questionnaire BreakHow did John’s affliction worsen the situation?Ans. The series of events made his wife suspicious of him.Why did Mrs. Laura Hinkle simpered?Ans. All the women were gossiping in nature and they withoutthinking of the consequences started making unnecessary talks outof it.
A little grammar“Misto Hallock, de Missus sho tinks yous lost! She say she done phoneyou dis mawnin to be home early, but fo de lawds sake not to stop toargify now, but get ready fo de company an come on down.”Gladolia, the narrator’s cook, is an African. She has spoken these words.The language/her pronunciation is different from others. This is known asDialect. A dialect consists of words and phrases that reflect the regionalvariety of a language.
Back in his room when john is in a mournful state and Helen re-appears and asks him of when his wife would get rid of the OuijaBoard. However, Lavina entered to bid him bye. She felt thequeerness about him and demanded like a boss what was he tryingto conceal behind him and thrusted him aside only to see the ghostlady Helen. She was flabbergasted, and then she realized thatshe had speculated all wrongs that her husband was possiblyflirting with Helen of troy over the Ouija Board. Finally theghost departed and Lavina apologized to her husband. After thatthe narrator suddenly felt the desire to write as the ghosts hadgiven up their strike and were now ready to help him.