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Quote #4

Daylight found the vicar and his wife, a quaintly-costumed little couple, still marvelling about on their own ground floor by the unnecessary light of a guttering candle. (5.14)

Bunting and his wife are so shocked by the invisible robber that they forget to extinguish the candle when the sun comes up.

Quote #5

"'Tas sperits," said Mrs. Hall. "I know 'tas sperits. I've read in papers of en. Tables and chairs leaping and dancing." (6.13)

When Mrs. Hall sees something amazing that she can't explain (moving furniture), she goes to an explanation that she's familiar with (ghosts). Now, that may strike us as funny because ghosts are a supernatural explanation, too, but at least it's an explanation that she's familiar with – she read about them in the papers, after all.

Quote #6

It was worse than anything. Mrs. Hall, standing open-mouthed and horror-struck, shrieked at what she saw, and made for the door of the house. Everyone began to move. They were prepared for scars, disfigurements, tangible horrors, but nothing! (7.30)

If only it were ghosts! The villagers were expecting something bad, but what they find is something they never could have imagined.

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