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Sam's Ghost is a short story published in 1919 by WW Jacobs.

The Watchman of a dock has what seems like an average job until a man named Sam Bullet goes overboard and drowns. Sam had borrowed money from the Watchmen and gave him a watch to hold until

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  • Friendly Ghost: Joe Peel tries to make Sam Bullet's ghost out to be this where he simply can't rest until he has paid the Watchman back what he owed him. It is only after the Watchman refuses that the ghost stops being nice.
  • Funetik Aksent: The entirety of the story is told with this based on the regional accents. There are very few 'h's to be found in the wording.
  • Ghost Story: Is one of WW Jacobs' many ones.
  • Ghostly Goals: Sam's Ghost wants to pay back the Watchman what he owed him to get his watch back so he can rest in peace.....or you know skip town.
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  • Never Found the Body: Played with given that all we knew is that Sam Bullet went overboard. And it comes back for the twist ending.
  • No Name Given: We don't know what the Watchman's name is.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Sam Bullet apparently worked out a plan to try to skip town and get his watch back posing as his own ghost.
  • Twist Ending: The policemen reveals that Sam Bullet left town on a ship the night after the Watchman saw his "ghost".
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