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Miss Jessel: This description lacks even the single detail the Governess gives us in her initial view of Peter Quint.
The Governess' certainty, iv: How does she get to this conclusion?
The governess' certainty, III: What exactly does she see?
The governess' certainty, II: Here, the strangeness of the governess' assurance is even more odd because she doesn't even bother to look up.
The Sea of Azof: A real place, but also almost "as if"--metaphor or fable.
The Governess' bid for glory: The Governess' motives are certainly not entirely unselfish. She fancies herself the heroine of a gothic novel, and so she is.
Peter Quint's faults: Again, the text refuses to specify what exactly was wrong with Peter Quint, what made him evil or dangerous in life. But it leaves us plenty of room to draw the kind of conclusions the Governess does.
Mrs. Grose's part: Some people believe Mrs. Grose's behavior to be somewhat suspicious. After all, she is the only one of the original group at Bly still to be present. What is Mrs. Grose afraid of here?
The governess' certainty: The governess is unfailingly sure of things she could have no way of knowing, and this becomes all the more questionable because of the way she shifts her allegiance to ideas and assumptions.
Parallels: --Just as earlier the group listening to the story struggles to deal with the mysteries the story Douglass tells them brings up, the Governess here passes her own efforts to dispel the mystery down to Mrs. Grose. In the same way, the Governess handed the story down to Douglass. Was it perhaps given to her by someone else? Is it necessarily her own story?
The Turn of the Screw
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Quint: Evidence : The G. finally describes what she has been seeing; earlier, all we got was his lack of hat, and that still seems very important to her.
Pattern: resemblances: another repetition/resemblance
Pattern: passing it down: The governess plays the part of the ghost, and then Mrs. G. follows suit.
2nd visitation: He's closer, but the effect is the same for the G.
Who IS the governess in love with?: Remember the group in the intro wondered about this...
motivation?: Perhaps the prospect of boredom ("the probable grey prose of [her] office") makes the Governess turn this situation into a romance novel?
More secrets: Keeping something secret or locking it away in a drawer suggests the item's importance.
challenge: The governess is threatened by the visitor, who seems to challenge her authority.
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