Jammes had told her story ever so quickly, as though the ghost were at her heels, and was quite out of breath at the finish.
Mother says the ghost doesn't like being talked about.
I suppose I shall hear next that you can actually tell me whose ghost it was?
Well," she continued, turning to the boy, "and whose ghost was it?
I could not feel the full force of the wind, for we were running with it; but from my lofty perch I looked down as though outside the Ghost and apart from her, and saw the shape of her outlined sharply against the foaming sea as she tore along instinct with life.
The Ghost suddenly changed her course, keeping away, and it came to me with a shock that Wolf Larsen was giving up the rescue as impossible.
He seemed frightened enough too at the ghost, I thought.
I am sure, if I had seen a ghost, I should have looked in the very same manner, and done just as he did.
This,' I answered, 'must be as it may please heaven, but tell me and tell me and tell me true, I see my poor mother's ghost close by us; she is sitting by the blood without saying a word, and though I am her own son she does not remember me and speak to me; tell me, Sir, how I can make her know me.
Any ghost that you let taste of the blood will talk with you like a reasonable being, but if you do not let them have any blood they will go away again.
I wear the chain I forged in life,' replied the Ghost.
Or would you know,' pursued the Ghost, `the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself?
Then you think," I continued aloud, "that we ought sometimes to ask a Ghost to sit down?
If you had had a 'Shilling Dreadful' in your hand," she proceeded, "something about Ghosts or Dynamite or Midnight Murder--one could understand it: those things aren't worth the shilling, unless they give one a Nightmare.
If the ghosts
kill me, you will see me no more, or the club either; but if I live I will bring you back the bones, or, if I do not find them, I will render the Watcher into your hands again.