The Turn of the Screw Chapters 11 and 12 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 11 and 12 Summary and Analysis

The governess finds time eventually to talk to Mrs. Grose about what had happened the night before, when she found Miles out on the lawn after midnight. Mrs. Grose gives the governess the sense that she believes her, but she is unwilling to fully believe the culpability of the children in what the governess sees as an atmosphere of evil.

On reaching Miles out on the lawn, the governess asks him what he is doing outside in the middle of the night. Miles mischievously replies that he did so in order that she would think him “bad.” He seems delighted at the prospect of being considered “naughty,” which is the exact opposite of what she, Mrs. Grose, and the entire household believe. He...

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