Eulálio ends up being an idol, a wraith who, at 150, is not quite dead and not quite living.
It made not the slightest difference to me that I had fallen in love with a girl who was only a step removed from a wraith.
They had him, but it was like getting hold of an apparition, a wraith, a portent.
Sometimes he smiled at her; sometimes at the wraith in the rafters.
Was she a woman or a wraith, this slender thing swaying in the candle-light?
Even the wraith bride performed her part now, where she had feeling to help her weakness, and set her up among realities.
This apparition of a friend has in the Scotch wraith, or Irish fetch its counterpart.
You clutched at form and gripped shadow, gave yourself to a man and bedded with the wraith of a man.
How could this wraith, this apparition, do us physical injury!
He made it drift as silently as a wraith under the trees and the street lamps.
1510s, "ghost," Scottish, of uncertain origin. Weekley suggests Old Norse vorðr "guardian" in the sense of "guardian angel." Klein points to Gaelic and Irish arrach "specter, apparition."