The Turn of the Screw And Other Stories

by Henry James | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 9/5/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, September 05, 2011
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Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Sunday, November 18, 2012
A story told over a hundred years ago, and still sparking serious debate over its intention? Henry James must be proud. I think that the charm of Henry James is that the reader is asked to use his own imagination in interplay with the writing. It's a puzzle, and the more imagination one brings, the more fascinating the characters. You'll note how little physical description James uses for a character like Mrs. Grose, allowing the reader's imagination to fill in the blanks.

Part of the story is about the plight of Miles, the ten-year-old boy asked not to return to school for reasons the school never explains. It is only in the last chapter, when Miles and the governess are alone together, where the governess uses language that seems to promise carnal pleasure to Miles, that the most startling aspect of Miles character is revealed. Abruptly asked whether he was discharged accused of stealing, he instead admits to having told things to "those few he liked." They in turn told others they liked, and it eventually reached the head master. This boy was trapped and mortified by the things he said to the few he liked, and only reluctantly reveals this to the Governess.

Then the Governess alerts Miles to the ghost that she has been seeing during their conversation, and she thinks, has been protecting Miles from. He supposes she means the prior governess, who had been "haunting" his younger sister.

I found the tale laborous.

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