In "They," why does Kipling include the conversation between Miss Florence and Turpin?

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The conversation between Turpin and Miss Florence is included in this story because it helps to heighten the mystery of the whole setting that the narrator appears to be so intrigued by. Not only does he wonder at the gall of Turpin to demand a new cattle shed from his mistress, but what makes this even more fascinating is the way in which Turpin himself responds when he comes into the room and the obvious fear and terror that he is subjec to. Note the following description:

His teeth did not chatter much more than the door latch.

When the narrator moves his chair, only slightly, Turpin "jumps like a rat" and this serves to greatly increase the mystery of this deserted old house and the mysterious children and woman that live in it. This is of course something that happens just before the narrator works out what is going on, and that in fact the children are the ghosts of all the children that have died in the neighbourhood.

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