a) What genre of stories does Jenkins want the narrator to write ? Why?

Answer- Jenkins, the
editor of the only magazine John Hallock is associated to, aspired to compose a
fiction to the supernatural genre.
   Jenkins with a subtle understanding knows
that common readers are fond of ghostly matters which deal with supernatural
and mysterious world. Besides, John Hallock’s ability to give a shiver to the
spine of the readers regarding ghostly aspects inspired Jenkins to motivate
John Hallock to write.
Does the narrator like writing ghost stories? Support your answer with evidence
from the story.

 Answer – No, John hillock is a victim of circumstantial
pressure. He is not a laureate in writing ghost stories. He is in no situation
to deny Jenkins as his writings are published only in Jenkins magazine and
ensures a part of air earning. With a very pessimistic approach he starts
writing ghost stories and eventually with a surprise ends in writing a handsome

What makes Helen, the ghost, and her co-ghosts organize the Writer’s
Inspiration Bureau?

Answer – Helen as
described in the story is a ghost and in real life she was a writer who had a
lot of hindrances and failures due to the lacuna of plots. Getting into the
world beyond, she had empathy for the writers suffering from the same. In the astral
world she met with a fellow sufferers and organized ‘writers inspiration
bureau’ to help those mortal people out who are suffering from a proper plot.
Why had Helen, the ghost, been helping the narrator write ghost stories? Why
was she going on strike? What conditions did she place for providing continued help?
Answer – As per the
ethical value established by the ‘writers’ inspiration bureau’, Helen had come
to John Hallock to help him out  writing
ghost stories as he was suffering from lacuna of plots.
                Owing to limitless usages of
wicked Ouija boards they are continuously disturbed. So Helen with all the
members of ‘writers’ inspiration bureau’ had been on strike.
                Until John Hallock made efforts to
assuage and bring an end to the usage of Ouija boards, Hellen and others would
not start helping out the writers with plots.
How does the ghost undermine the narrator’s faith in his ability to write ghost
Answer – According to
Helen John Hallock did not have ability to compose a ghost story. According to
her she had helped John Hallock with plots in all the previous occasions and
hence forth he would not get a chance to get any     of the plots and they were going on strike  It was total under estimation for John Hallock as she hinted the incapability
of his writing ghost stories with out their help.

Why does John want the ghost to disappear before his wife appears on the scene?
What impression of his wife’s character do you form from his words?
Answer – John Hallock
was praying earth and heaven to avoid meeting of Helen and his wife. In this
assay he was almost at the verge of divorce. He imagined that his wife would be
fainted and traumatized in case of a sight of the spirit.
                In reality Lavinia was a typical
extra possessive and jealous of other women. She does not tolerate even a mouse
to hurt this feeling .On meeting a phantom her reaction is supposed to be
inexplicably negative.
Why does the narrator hesitate to be a partner to Laura Hinkle during Ouija
Board party?

Answer – When Lavinia
pleaded John Hallock to be a partner of Laura Hinkle ,John Hallock was in utter
dilemma. He was prohibited and instructed not to have any kind or affinity with
Ouiza board devices. In this in a fix situation, John Hallock was at the acme
of hesitation and unwillingness.
What message does the ghost convey to the group that had assembled in the
narrator’s house? What is their reaction to the message?

Answer – The ghost
had plagued all the Ouija boards and tried to send forth the message to all
that John Hallock was a traitor and the ghost exposed herself by the name of
                At this all had been dubious
over John Hallock and above all Lavinia had a morbid fear of an illicit relationship
between the Helen of Troy and her husband John Hallock.
Do you agree with narrator calling the assembly of women ‘manipulators’? Give

Answer – In the
perspective of John Hallock, he affirms that the assembly women are
manipulators. It was those Ouija board handlers who reported John Hallock to be
a traitor and for this john Hallock considered those Ouija board women to be
Why is John’s wife angry? What does she decide to do?

Answer – John Hallock’s
wife was at the peak of anger when she discovered in the Ouija board party that
there was a lady named Helen(Helen of Troy according to Lavinia) had been
trying to contact John, she could not hold her emotions doubting on her
                Out of anger provoked by
emotional disposition, she decided to have a break up with her husband.
Why does John wish he were dead?

Answer – John Hallock
had been in utter dire some state due to the paranormal interference into his life.
His life  had become a living Hell due to
the spirit of Hellen and the doubts put him at such a perilous state that  his wife Lavinia was about to leave him.
According to him he would prefer to be dead at this very gruesome state.

When confronted by Lavinia about his flirtations over the Ouija Board, John
insists that ‘the affair was quite over-board, I assure you’, Bring out the pun
in this statement.
Answer –  Lavinia being dubious about the activities of
John Hallock and Helen of Troy over the Ouija board complained about John’s flirtations
over the Ouija board. To clarify and confront Lavinia’s thought John stated
that everything had been very casual matters over the Ouija board. In another
way he meant the flirtation was more above than the board and serious.
John’s apprehensions about his wife’s reaction to her encounter with the ghost
are unfounded. Justify.

Answer –  John Hallock had a notion that if Lavinia gets
to see the spirit than she might get fainted and might even be hysterical but
when the incident really took place John Hallock was surprised to see his wife
to be in the state of relief after seeing the ghost and did not faint. It shows
women’s jealousy can over pass even the fear of ghost. 

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