What is the exact meaning of “minister” in The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde? What does Mr. Otis do exactly?

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  • He’s identified as “the American Minister,” which would mean the American Ambassador (to the UK, presumably).

    A bit later the narrator explains, sarcastically, how Otis got into the business of “diplomacy” (which is what Ambassadors do) — by “leading the German [a type of dance] at the Newport Casino”: that is, he was a rich high-society guy who did nothing much but go to dances and parties and, presumably, contribute money to the right political candidates, and in return was given an desirable job as Minister (Amabassador) to Britain.

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