"The ladder was against the straw-rick and is burnt to a cinder," said a spectre-like form in the smoke.
He could put off the consideration of any particular spectre till the matter had become old and softened by time.
Joseph Poorgrass looked round upon his sad burden as it loomed faintly through the flowering laurustinus, then at the unfathomable gloom amid the high trees on each hand, indistinct, shadowless, and spectre-like in their monochrome of grey.
Moreover, it was not at all unlikely that his wife would fail at her farming, if she had not already done so; and he would then become liable for her maintenance: and what a life such a future of poverty with her would be, the spectre of Fanny constantly between them, harrowing his temper and embittering her words!
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From where I sit on the field, he’s a bizarre specter, so frail and ashen.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
It was my father, standing on my doorstep like some awful specter summoned by my hatefulness.