The story revolves around two main setting:Lucy's house which she shares with her mother
and her Uncle Bert,and the office of Ross and Bannister's where Lucy works as a secretary.
Lucy Beck :She is a young,shy and insecure graduate of secreterial studies.She is
dissatisfied with her current life and is determined to improve it.She
\ obtains a position with Ross and Bannister's,only to find that the position
comes with her chilling secret.
Ghost of Ms. :She was a previous employee of Ross and Bannister's.She is unwilling
to Bloome let go of her position and continous to defend her
post even after her demise.
Lucy's mother: A housewife who lives a hard life.She has to support her brother.
Uncle Bert : Depends on his sister for support. He is also drunkard.
Harry Bert : Ross and Bannister's handyman. He is an old man who has been working the
company for ?? years
Mr Ross :The younger partner of the company.
Possible theme that can in the short story are determination, possesiveness,loyalty loneliness,commitment, the supernatural, and compassion.
Despite the supernatural nature by which Ms.Broome badgers and demoralises lucy , she shows no sign of giving in to her demand. Instead, she is steadfast in defending her position as the secretary .
Not even death could part Ms .Broome from what she feels is rightfully hers. She continues to haunt the office through her electronic typewriter.
As with her possesiveness towards her job, Ms. Broome was also extremely loyal towards Mr.Bannister. Even after she passed on, her spirit continued in its endeavour to serve her employer.
loneliness can be strong influence in a person's lofe . ms broome had no life outside of her office. that made her possesive of her position in the company ; a possesiveness that went beyond the grave.
This attribute can be clearly seen in both lucy and Ms.Broome .Both are extremely commited to their profession.
it is interesting that such an integral character in the story happens to be an ethereal entity. Yet this theme is rather prominent in the story .
this theme holds water especially in the final confrontation between Lucy and Ms Broome , rather it was through compassion and understanding of Ms. Broome's intention.
*Do not judge a person morely through credentials or qualifications.
*We must be comitted and responsible to our vocation or profession.
*We must value our family.