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Haunted Hotels: The Queen Anne

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The Bishop's Chair
The Bishop's Chair

The Bishop's Chair

(c) Charlyn Keating Chisholm
Of course, I have to find out where the chair is. After much prodding, he finally relents. After he tells the rest of the group to take a short break and meet in the lobby in a few minutes, he pulls me aside to say, "You might want to visit the Bishop's chair at the end of the hall."

With excitement and apprehension, I rush down the hall. In my memory, time slows down, and the hall suddenly becomes miles long, with the bishop's chair waiting ominously at the end. I put one foot in front of the other, forcing myself to be brave.

The chair is actually three seats that share two armrests. Miss Mary Lake was the headmaster of a school in this building almost a century ago, and I can imagine young students sitting in this chair outside her office, waiting to see her. I sat down and placed my arm tentatively on the arm rest, not sure if the feel of a disembodied hand on my wrist would be comforting or send me screaming downstairs.

Perhaps sensing my apprehension, Miss Mary Lake stayed away. I waited for what seemed like a very long time, but was really probably only a few minutes. Telling myself it was because I didn't want to miss even a minute of Jim's tour, I jumped up and ran down the hallway without looking back. I feel disappointed and relieved at the same time.

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