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The bride of Lord Lovel, on her wedding night, hid for fun in a large oak chest, but the lid closed down and the spring lock fastened her in. Many years later her skeleton was found in the chest. This story was made into a song, The Mistletoe Bough by Thomas Haynes Bayley, 1884. Lyrics here

A Romantic (State) Dinner President William McKinley’s wife, Ida, was once a high-spirited socialite, but the deaths of her two young daughters and epileptic seizures left her frail and withdrawn. As McKinley’s political career blossomed, “Ida spent most of her waking hours in a small Victorian rocking chair that she had had since childhood,” waiting for her husband to come home But when McKinley took office in 1897, he didn’t hide Ida from view he insisted that his wife be seated beside him.

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The ghost of a beloved departed mother returns to console her children, who are habitually beaten and abused by their evil stepmother in this Gothic Victorian poem.