The Turn of the Screw Chapters 9 and 10 Summary and Analysis

Henry James

Chapters 9 and 10 Summary and Analysis

The governess gives herself in to the role of protector of Miles and Flora. She irresistibly holds them, lavishing her affections on them in a most ostentatious way, wondering what they might think of her actions. Yet they return her affection in kind. They find many ways in which to please her, entertaining her, concentrating even harder on their lessons, telling her stories, etc. In complete innocence and perfection they show themselves to be the opposite of what she has begun to think they are. She has not yet thought about Miles’ school situation, and Miles does not seem to be too concerned about it either. She can get no hint from him about what had happened at his old school that had caused...

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