The Turn of the Screw Chapters 7 and 8 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 7 and 8 Summary and Analysis

The governess searches for Mrs. Grose and in horror tells her that the children are aware of the ghosts. Mrs. Grose asks if Flora actually looked at the ghost, but she did not, according to the governess, who simply “knows” that they have been aware of the spirits for some time. The ghost at the lake was not that of Quint but of Miss Jessel, the previous governess. She is described as very beautiful, a lady, and “infamous.”

Mrs. Grose is unwilling to believe that the children know about the ghosts and seem to be comfortable with their presence. The governess insists that, if she were making this all up, she would not know all the details of their physical appearance, which Mrs....

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