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The Crown is a ghost story written by M. R. James. There is a magic crown under the ground in Seaburgh. It protects England â€“ and William Agers protects the crown. Paxton is on holiday in Seaburgh and finds the crown. One night he takes it and then sees a shadow behind him. He runs quickly back to the hotel. Is the shadow William Agers? But Paxton knows that William Agers is dead! Paxton is afraid. He wants to put the crown back in the ground. Two men at his hotel help him put the crown in the ground again. The next day Paxtonâ€™s friends follow him to the beach. They see Paxtonâ€™s footprints in the sand â€“ and some strange, long footprints too. They follow the footprints and find Paxton dead. The ghost of William Agers protected the crown â€“ and it still protects the crown today.