The Turn of the Screw Chapters 17 and 18 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 17 and 18 Summary and Analysis

The governess returns to her room and, with Flora beside her, is intent of finishing the letter she is writing to her employer, informing him about the events going on at Bly, including the few facts she knows about Miles’ ambiguous dismissal from school. She hears Miles call her from his room. She leaves Flora and goes to see what the boy wants. He is in a good mood and simply wants her company. He says he has not slept because he is thinking so hard. When the governess asks of what he is thinking that is keeping him awake, he states that it is she. She appreciates that, she says, but would prefer that he go to sleep. He then states that he is thinking about this “queer business of theirs.”...

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