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Recap / Gunnerkrigg Court Chapter 4 "Not Very Scary"

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Annie meets a ghost.

Annie meets a ghost named Mort who haunts part of the Court. Mort is not good at scaring people, despite his efforts. Annie gives him some advice to up his scaring game. With Annie's assistance, Mort successfully terrifies a student named Paz.


  • Bedsheet Ghost: Mort's appearance. Annie tells him it's not very scary.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Remember Paz. She'll eventually be important.
  • Circus of Fear: Mort creates one to scare Paz.
  • Eye Scream: The clown in the circus wants Paz's eyes.
  • Foreshadowing: Just before Annie meets Mort, she passes the words "Dulce et dec-" written on the wall. It's the first line of World War I poet Wilfred Owen's most famous poem, "Dulce et Decorum Est". Guess when Mort died . . .
  • Master of Illusion: Mort can make the door disappear and create an illusory circus.
  • Monster Clown: There's one in the creepy circus, who wants Paz's eyes. Annie suggested it because "Nobody likes clowns."
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  • Title Drop: Annie does it when she tells Mort that his attempt at scaring her was "not very scary".


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