The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
Contributed by Cinderella Domino
Chapter 8

Mrs. Grose and the governess again confabulate late at night in her room, and the governess asserts that Mrs. Grose agrees that she’s seen what she’s seen. The governess still finds renewed pleasure in the company of the children, particularly when Flora innocently accuses the governess of having cried. The governess finds it hard when she is showering them with kisses or pressing their faces to hers, but knows she must now observe the children carefully. She thinks Flora purposefully diverts her attention by an increase of movement in her play to make her think that she doesn’t see the apparitions when they appear. 

The governess has another talk with Mrs. Grose, where she asks very seriously if she has ever seen Miles act bad, in the way that got him dismissed from school. Mrs. Grose explains that he used to spend all his time with Quint, and when she approached him about it he lied and called her a menial. The governess thinks this explanation-with the idea that Miss Jessel was constantly associating with Flora and Quint with Miles, in all their infamy-is just what she was expecting. She fears Miles is concealing a relationship with Quint from her now, and is ready to wait and observe.

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