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Henry James Ú 2 Read & download The Turn of the Screw Summary ↠ 2 An unnamed narrator listens to a male friend reading a manuscript written by a former governess whom the friend claims to have known and who is now No no there are depths depths The I go over it the I see in it and the I see in it the I fear I don t know what I don t see what I don t fear Screen shot from the 1961 version of The Innocents based on the James short storyA governess is hired to look after the nephew and niece of a man who has inherited the responsibility for the children after the death of their parents He is very explicit in his instructions to the governess that he is not to be bothered with excessive communications The governess is young and pretty and wants to impress her new employer by doing exactly what he wishes She wants to be seen as competent and in a sense this need to please proves to be a vulnerability that as she tries to shield and protect she actually puts everyone at risk Risk of what you might ask That becomes the unknown element of the story The reader doesn t really know what to be afraid of What nature of evil are we dealing with The children are ethereally beautiful The governess is compromised immediately by preconceived notions that we all have to a certain extent that beauty euates to goodness I was dazzled by their loveliness When the boy Miles is kicked out of his exclusive school for unrevealed reasons the governess cannot fathom what he could have possibly done to deserve this level of embarrassing punishment It was inconceivable to her that he was capable of anything remotely improper As the governess begins to try to understand her young charges she also begins to discover that there are swirling uestions about what has happened to other people who have been associated with the children in the past She cross examines the housekeeper and carefully the children ferreting out bits and pieces of information that leave a murky picture in her mind The reluctance which everyone shows in speaking about the past makes the governess and suspicious that something potentially perplexing lies in the truth She starts to see dead people I was ready to know the very worst that was to be known What I had then had an ugly glimpse of was that my eyes might be sealed just while theirs were most opened Her first thought was to protect the innocence of the children but maybe what she should have been worried about was protecting her own innocence It becomes a game of ignoring these phantoms in the hopes that the children would not become aware of the existence of these ghosts of uint the butler and Miss Jessel the ex governess Both of these people were obsessed with the children when they were alive The uestion becomes what do they want with the children now Of course without confirmation of the existence of these supernatural events from other people one does naturally tend to start uestioning one s own sanity Henry James weaves in these awkward interactions between the governess and Miles There are moments when the young lad seems to be attempting to seduce his governess He calls her my dear which sounds innocent enough but when coupled with innuendos the words take on a unseemly connotation The governess is not totally immune to the charm of the handsome boy Of course I was under the spell and the wonderful part is that even at the time I perfectly knew I was But I gave myself up to it it was an antidote to any pain and I had pains than one Scholars have debated whether the governess was actually seeing the phantom manifestations or not There is certainly a desperation to how she attempts to protect the children fully determined to keep the situation under control without having to contact her employer We watch her naivety crumble as she is battered by the strange and distant attitudes of the children and the extraordinary circumstances of the spine chilling past intruding on the present I was firmly on the side of believing the governess was losing a firm grasp on her sanity but then James throws a wrinkle into my firm resolve when Miles makes this statement to the governess that they should not miss his sister and the housekeeper after they have fled the circumstances I suppose we shouldn t Of course we have the others Or is Miles just playing her This is a short story but it is a short story by Henry James He has some of the same convoluted difficult sentences that show up in his novels They may bewilder on a first read but after another go they start to make sense I ve read enough James to find those complicated sentences when they appear like Gordian Knots amusing than frustrating This tale left me jangled and apprehensive as if an apparition were still strumming their fingers along the length of my sciatic nerve If you read it on the most basic level as a ghost story you will certainly find it unsatisfying As I started to understand the deeper psychological implications of the interplay between characters I started to realize that this is a tragedy with elements of horror that left lasting traumatic issues for those that survived If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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The Turn of the Screw

Henry James Ú 2 Read & download The Turn of the Screw Summary ↠ 2 Dead The manuscript tells the story of how the young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the There is a presumption that a book if written concurrent with a certain time period during which a ruler of notable longevity reigned and originating from an area of the world long known during that time period in particular for an effusiveness of style in excess of that which may be at a minimum absolutely reuired to convey a particular message or idea may on occasion if not predominantly and generally tend toward a style that when compared and contrasted with styles of later writers in other distant geographies or even stylists who espouse minimalism within the bounds of the same geographic region might be best described at least insofar as it can be generally encapsulated with a description of any sufficient brevity as to varying degrees ponderous overwrought and in the main at least with respect to the general population and in particular those of the Twitter generation overly wordyIf you enjoyed the preceding 152 word sentence you will likely enjoy The Turn of the Screw If you didn t make it past the first 140 characters you ll want to avoid it unless your appetite for unintentional double entendres surpasses your dislike of egregiously prolix prose as the narrator s aptitude for inadvertently making it sound as though she is engaged in particularly inappropriate Afternoon Delight style undertakings with her young male charge is prodigious and nigh Funkeian

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Henry James Ú 2 Read & download The Turn of the Screw Summary ↠ 2 Death of their parents With an ambiguous content this short story written by Henry James has had differing interpretations often mutually exclusive Redonkulous Where s my SPOOKY I mean I thought I d get a few good jump scares out of a book with possessed children in it You know what didn t happen not even once while I was listening to this book THISI m not sure why my teenage self thought The Turn of the Screw was worth 4 stars but my older than teenage self certainly doesn tOn the surface it seems like this should be a winner for me in the classic department short scary short But it was kinda crap So the gist is that this governess is seeing the spirits of these two people One was the ex governess and the other was the rascally friend of her boss And for some unexplained reason they ve COME FOR THE CHILDRENThe kids won t admit to seeing these spirits but the governess knows they ve been in contact with the children because shrugsSuspicious stuff I Don t KnowAll I do know is that the kids never actually did anything even slightly creepy Anyway she enlists the help of the feeble minded housekeeper and together they try to um pretend everything is ok or somethingWhat the whatThat s not a good plan That s not a plan at allAnd the entire book was filled to the brim with stuff like this By the end of it I was actively rooting for the ghosts to whisk the kids away just so it would be over Ugh Either ghost stories have changed a whole helluva lot or this wasn t a ghost story I mean it sounded like this governess was just mostly a delusional nutter She fell in love with the kids uncle after meeting him once for God s sake And what was so great about him That he expressly didn t want her to inform him if there was something wrong with his dead sibling s children Meeeeh Deal with it on your own Wacka wacka wacka What a douche pickle Who could resist falling for that Couple that with the fact that her dingy sidekick never sees the ghosts and I think this chick is than likely some kind of a loonfrownsIf you re looking for a scary story this October keep on moving past this one I think your time would be better spent stealing sorting through your children s Halloween candy than reading this clunky turdNon Crunchy Pantsless October Buddy ReadBecause kids are creepy little bastards

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  • The Turn of the Screw
  • Henry James
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  • 20 June 2020
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