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Welcome. A Shady Plot. .... by Elsie Brown. What’s in the Title?. “ Plot ” may mean – A small piece of ground. A ground plan. Storyline – the plan, scheme or main story. A secret plan for something illegal. “ Shady ” may mean – Full of shade; shaded. Casting shade.

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a shady plot

A Shady Plot....

.... by Elsie Brown

what s in the title
What’s in the Title?
  • “Plot” may mean –
  • A small piece of ground.
  • A ground plan.
  • Storyline – the plan, scheme or main story.
  • A secret plan for something illegal.

“Shady” may mean –

  • Full of shade; shaded.
  • Casting shade.
  • Quiet, dark or concealed.
  • Of dubious character or of questionable honesty.
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Hallock, Give us another on the supernatural this time. Something to give them the horrors!

Precisely!

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How am I going to cure her of her alarming tendency to take up every new fad?

Yes… I should say it is!

This writing business is delightful, isn’t it?

recap
Recap…
  • Why was Hallock getting cocky/arrogant?
  • What was Hallock’s specialization?

So, I had said, “Precisely!” in the deepest voice I was capable of, …(Hallock)

  • Why does Hallock use his ‘deepest voice’? What does it signify?
  • Whose voice do you think it is (the one at the end)?
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Nothing. Absolutely nothing, my dear lady. I was merely waiting for you to tell me why you had come.

What are you gaping at?

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Recap…
  • Was Hallock really a specialist in ghost stories?
  • Why were the ghosts going on a strike?
  • In place of Ouija boards, what other means can be used to ‘communicate’ with ghosts?
  • From her description, do you think the ghost was beautiful or ugly? Substantiate your answer
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You Know I bought the loveliest thing this afternoon.

It… it 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.

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Recap…
  • What was John Hallock’s affliction?
  • Why had Lavinia bought the Ouija Board?
  • Why couldn’t she return it?

“…or William the Conqueror, or Helen of Troy--well, maybe not Helen—anyhow…”

  • Why not Helen of Troy? What does this show about the nature of Lavinia?
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Recap…
  • Why didn’t Hallock become a full time writer?
  • Why do you think the house was brightly illuminated?

A little extra …

  • Gladolia, the narrator’s cook, is an African. The language/her pronunciation is different from others. This is known as Dialect. A dialect consists of words and phrases that reflect the regional variety of a language.
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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……

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Ouija, dear, won't you tell us something?

T R A I T O R

Ouija, dear, won't you explain yourselfmore fully?

A S K H I M

Ask who, Ouija

J O H N H A L L O C K

Ouija, won‘t you tell us who is talking?

H E L E N

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Recap…
  • Who do you think ‘Helen’ is?
  • Why was John reluctant to join Laura in the party?
  • Why was Helen calling John a traitor?
  • How did John’s affliction worsen the situation?
a little grammar
A Little Grammar…

“…and lay there in the burning dark while the…”, “I stared at them in a sort of dreadful fascination.”

  • What figure of speech is being used in the above sentences?
  • What do you mean by sarcasm?
  • When confronted by Lavinia about his flirtations over the Ouija Board, John insists that 'the affair was quite above-board, I assure you, my love'. Bring out the pun in John's statement.
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Dear John,

I am going back to my grandmother. My lawyer will communicate with you later.

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I have come to tell you I am leaving.

Oh, yes, yes! That’s fine…great!

So you want me to go away, do you?

Sure, yes… right away! Change of air will do you good. I’ll join you presently.

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Recap…
  • Why didn’t John want his wife to see the ghost?
  • Why was Lavinia leaving the house?
  • What does Lavinia mean when she says that her ‘Lawyer will communicate’ with John?
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Recap…
  • As soon as she saw who the ghost was, why did she forgive John?
  • “I've got the bulliest plot for a ghost story!” What do you think the plot was?
  • “In the end, all the main characters of the story had a happy ending” Substantiate the statement.
  • Now, does your understanding of the Title change?