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In the short story The Toll House the story begins with the four main characters Lester White Meagle and Jack Barnes All four gentlemen are relaxed enjoying their tea in the tea room of Three Feathers Inn Meagle begins this story with a statement pertaining to his half-and-half belief in the supernatural Lester replies to Meagle that an Aunt of mine saw a ghost once With White nodding he claims of his uncle seeing one once as well This is where the supernatural portion of the story begins Meagle then mentions of a large house with an absurdly low rent The house referenced has taken a toll of at least one life of every family that has lived therehowever short the timeand since it has stood empty caretaker after caretaker has died there The last caretaker died fifteen years ago Barnes doubts the house and claims that it is just another legend All of them proceed to journey to the eerie house at night staying in a room upstairs The group had made note of the balusters when they entered and where they were broken The broken balusters are noted in a legend where a tramp who was occupying the house had hung himself They pass the time spent in the room by playing cards but soon become nervous as a result of the voices they seem to have been hearing The four gentlemen believe this is all some prank but will soon learn of the complexity behind this house Out of nowhere White followed by Lester falls dead asleep All who were left awake were Meagle and Barnes both terrified of the fact that the others could not be woken After Barnes pretty much disappears from the story Meagle follows and then becomes chased around the house by footsteps Meagle suddenly disappears from the story and seems to slip off the earth into space The story then returns to the room that everything
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