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In the short story The Lamp, Mr Winburn is the father of Mrs Lancaster. He lives with his daughter and his grandson Geoffrey. Unlike his daughter, he does accept the reality of supernatural phenomena. After moving into the house at Weyminster he begins to hear footsteps and sounds of a child sobbing. He even has a dream where he is in a city of children and they ask: "Have you brought him?" He tells his daughter that the child who died in the house long ago is suffering and needs to be set free but they don't know how.

As to why Geoffrey can see the ghost so easily, he explains to his daughter that it is because children have a "Blind Understanding" which gets dimmer in adulthood.

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