The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
Contributed by Cinderella Domino
Chapter 20
Summary

Flora’s face is like a broken pane of glass when the governess says this, and even Mrs. Grose gasps. At that moment, the governess sees Miss Jessel on the opposite bank, but she is the only one who admits to seeing her. Flora looks scared and repelled, and Mrs. Grose immediately reproaches the governess and assures Flora that nobody is there and it’s all a mistake and bad joke. Flora says that she sees nobody and never has, that the governess is cruel, and that she wants to be taken away from her right away. The governess is miserable and knows she’s lost everything by interfering. She tells Flora goodbye-she’s tried her best to save her but knows she’s lost her. Then she entreats Mrs. Grose to flee the scene with Flora. 

The governess comes to her senses fifteen minutes later and realizes that she must have thrown herself on the ground in grief. She lies there, sobbing, until it begins to grow dark; sees the boat is gone; and returns to Bly. She sees neither Mrs. Grose nor Flora on her return, but all of Flora’s things have been removed from her bedroom. That evening she sits alone by the fire after her tea. Miles comes in around eight and sits with her, in a nearby armchair, in silence. 

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