Henry James The Turn of the Screw

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The Turn of the Screw

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The Turn of the Screw is a classic ghost story by Henry James, first published in 1898. The story centers on a young governess, who is given charge over two beautiful, seemingly perfect orphan children. Isolated on a country estate, the governess begins to see two figures, a man and a woman, at odd times and places. None of the other staff or the children acknowledges or even appear to see them. Describing their appearance to the housekeeper, however, the governess learns that they resemble the former governess and her lover, who died under mysterious circumstances. Could they be ghosts, returning to take the souls of the children? Subtle, ambiguous, and genuinely spooky, The Turn of the Screw is a must-read for those who like their frights with a touch of class.

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The story starts conventionally enough with friends sharing ghost stories 'round the fire on Christmas Eve. One of the guests tells about a governess at a country house plagued by supernatural visitors. But in the hands of Henry James, the master of nuance, this little tale of terror is an exquisite gem of sexual and psychological ambiguity. Only the young governess can see the ghosts; only she suspects that the previous governess and her lover are controlling the two orphaned children (a girl and a boy) for some evil purpose. The household staff don't know what she's talking about, the children are evasive when questioned, and the master of the house (the children's uncle) is absent. Why does the young girl claim not to see a perfectly visible woman standing on the far side of the lake? Are the children being deceptive, or is the governess being paranoid? By leaving the questions unanswered, The Turn of Screw generates spine-tingling anxiety in its mesmerized readers.

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