The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
Contributed by Cinderella Domino
Chapter 7

She rushes to find Mrs. Grose after this and tells her that the children know about the apparitions, and they also know that the governess sees them. Mrs. Grose asks if Flora told the governess. She replies that no, that’s the worst of it, she kept it to herself, but was perfectly aware of the watcher. The governess describes the new figure she has seen as a woman in black, pale and dreadful. The governess is sure it’s her predecessor-Miss Jessel. The governess is convinced that Flora will lie about it if asked. She also says that Miss Jessel appeared to fix her eyes on Flora with a terrible intention, as if she wished to get hold of her somehow. She thinks Flora knows this too. Mrs. Grose asks the governess to repeat the description, which resembles Miss Jessel, and then she tells the governess that Miss Jessel and Quint were infamous. Mrs. Grose still says she doesn’t know how Miss Jessel died, but hints that she was pregnant and says that she didn’t want to know, as it must have been dreadful. The governess bursts into tears, and as Mrs. Grose embraces and comforts her, she cries: "I don’t save or shield them! It’s far worse than I dreamed-they’re already lost!"

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