“Sonata for Harp and Bicycle”. Short Story Author: Joan Aiken. Characters. Jason Ashgrove New copywriter Curious, wants to know why no one is allowed in the building after 5 PM Miss Berenice Golden Secretary Knows reason, but won’t tell Loves Jason. William Heron- “The Wailing Watchman”
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Author: Joan Aiken
Night watchman (security) (rode a bicycle at work)
Fell in love
Jumped from the fire escape on Halloween over 50 years ago
Thought his girlfriend did not want to marry him
Miss Daisy Bell
William Heron’s girlfriend
Taught the harp
Rented a room in the building (now Jason’s office)
“Anyone who meets the ghost of William Heron will himself, within five days, leap down from the same fatal fire escape.”
They see figures of a bicycle and a harp with a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses. (Their ghosts are finally together.)
Jason and Berenice jump off fire escape with a parachute
Jason and Berenice get away safely
The curse is broken and the ghosts are together.