The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
Contributed by Cinderella Domino
Chapter 5

Mrs. Grose is worried because the governess is white as a sheet. The governess decides to finally tell her about the strange apparition of a man that she has seen. She describes him for Mrs. Grose: red-haired, pale, with queer whiskers as red as his hair. He looks like an actor, and doesn’t wear a hat. He’s dressed in smart clothes which don’t look like his own. Mrs. Grose groans in recognition, and exclaims that it’s Peter Quint, the master’s former valet. Quint and the dead governess were both at Bly at the same time, but when the former governess left for the holiday he remained in charge. Quint is now dead.

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