The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
Contributed by Cinderella Domino
Chapter 22

The servants are all confused and disturbed by the quick changes, and the governess walks about with a show of firmness to prove her authority. Miles does not show up in the schoolroom, and she doesn’t see him until dinner. She is worried about how to begin to make reference to what is happening with Miles, but resolves that his extraordinary intelligence will help her save him. Miles opens the conversation by asking how sick Flora is. The governess answers that Bly was disagreeing with her, but she’ll feel much better in London. Their dinner is over quickly, due to the emotion of the occasion. The governess reflects quickly, when the waiter takes the dishes and leaves, that she and Miles are like a young couple on a wedding journey who feel shy in the presence of the waiter. At that moment, Miles says to her: "so we’re alone."

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