The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:|
'Yes, madam,' replied the old housekeeper in a low voice, 'blood
has been spilt on that spot.'
'How horrid,' cried Mrs. Otis; 'I don't at all care for blood-
stains in a sitting-room. It must be removed at once.'
The old woman smiled, and answered in the same low, mysterious
voice, 'It is the blood of Lady Eleanore de Canterville, who was
murdered on that very spot by her own husband, Sir Simon de
Canterville, in 1575. Sir Simon survived her nine years, and
disappeared suddenly under very mysterious circumstances. His body
has never been discovered, but his guilty spirit still haunts the