Plot[ edit ] On Christmas Eve, an unnamed narrator listens to Douglas, a friend, read a manuscript written by a former governess whom Douglas claims to have known and who is now dead. The manuscript tells the story of how the young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. He lives mainly in London but also has a country house, Bly.
It is the story of a young woman who is employed by a wealthy military man to be governess to his niece and nephew. The uncle lives in Harley Street, London; and although he wants to do his best for the children he has his own life to lead and, perhaps rather selfishly, does not want the responsibility of them.
Believing that the countryside is probably the best environment for the children, he has installed them in his second home—the large country house of Bly.
It is the new governess though, who will head the household and all decisions to do with the children will be hers and hers alone, as will any problems. The uncle does not want to know. When she arrives at Bly the governess is impressed. All the windows are open the curtains are fresh curtains; and there is a nice lawn with bright flowers.
It is not at all like the melancholy old building she had feared it to be. Mrs Grose is at the front door to meet the governess, offering her a polite curtsy and accompanied by Flora, the younger of the two children.
Flora is the most beautiful little girl the governess has ever seen and she proves herself to be extremely well behaved and intelligent. She is a little angel. Mrs Grose informs the governess that she will have to wait until later in the week before meeting her other young charge.
Miles is away at boarding school and will not return until Friday. Before Friday arrives though, bad news comes in the form of a letter. The Governess has already struck up a friendship with Mrs Grose, who is better acquainted with the children, and she seeks her opinion on the matter.
Mrs Grose is shocked to tears by the head-masters statement. This man worries the governess a great deal and she again consults the ever friendly Mrs Grose, who listens to the description of the man and identifies him as being Peter Quint. Quint had at one time been valet to the master of Bly, but is now, and for all time, very much dead.
The governess becomes convinced that the two ghosts have an interest in corrupting the children in some way.
She even worries that they might have already succeeded in doing so to some extent. The governess sees it as her duty to protect the children from the influences of these two unsavoury entities at any cost.
The problem is that, throughout the entire length of the book, the governess is the only person who actually sees the two ghosts. Or is, at any rate, the only person who will admit to seeing them. Because of this there are times when, as a reader, you are forced to wonder if you are reading a ghost story at all, or whether Quint and Jessel are merely the hallucinations of a sick mind.
Personally, I kept coming back to the fact that the governess had described the ghosts in some detail to Mrs Grose and that Mrs Grose had so easily been able to put a name to the descriptions—people who the governess had never seen before.
Other readers might disagree and it is very much, I suppose, open to interpretation. Again the answer is open to interpretation and each reader will have to decide for themselves. Were there ghosts at Bly, and were the children hiding a dark secret?
All told, I would have to say that The Turn of the Screw is a very good story, and it is one that tends to stay with the reader this reader anyway even after the final, shocking page has been turned.The Turn of the Screw is a classic chiller, written by Henry James in It is the story of a young woman who is employed by a wealthy military man to be governess to his niece and nephew.
The children’s parents are dead and he is responsible for their welfare because he is their only living relative.
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The Turn of the Screw is an horror novella by Henry James that first appeared in serial format in Collier's Weekly magazine (January 27 – April 16, ).
In October it appeared in The Two Magics, a book published by Macmillan in New York City and Heinemann in London. The Turn of the Screw has 74, ratings and 5, reviews.
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