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The Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers and Two Stories by Henry James
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In Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, a young governess is hired to care for two orphaned children, Flora and Miles. The children are almost too beautiful and engaging, readily attaching themselves to their new governess. Soon after arriving, the new governess starts seeing a man and women wondering through the house and estate. After describing these two people to the housekeeper, Mrs. Gross, the governess decides they are Peter Quint, a former servant now dead, and Miss Jessel, the previous governess, who is also dead. The governess concludes that these two had tried to corrupt the children while they were alive and now their spirits are haunting the house to continue their evil deeds. She knows that she alone can prevent them from possessing the children.

James’ tale is simple and well told. His descriptions of feelings and sights will frighten the most skeptical reader. By the end of the story, the reader will question all of the events occurring within its pages- was the house truly haunted by malevolent spirits or was the young governess disturbed by the isolation and incomplete knowledge of her predecessor.
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