In The Turn of the Screw, Henry James has written as much a Rorschach test as a ghost story. Craftily put together, this tale leaves it up to the reader to determine the real forces, supernatural or psychological, that may be at play in the lives of a young governess, a housekeeper and their two beautiful young charges.The Turn of the Screw is not a James book that had been on my radar. More known to me were Daisy Miller and Portrait of A Lady. It was when I read The Little Stranger and heard about all of the comparisons between that book and this one that my interest was piqued. James cleverly stages his novella, which is easily read over the course of a few hours, as a story within a story – dropping several clues about the character and situation of the governess. It is her manuscript which comprises the bulk of The Turn of the Screw. The framework of the framing story is what reels the reader in, in the intimation that this story is one worth waiting for, and based upon on events that actually happened to a young woman (she know the man in possession of her papers). He may have been in love with her, though it seems that she loved someone else.
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