The Turn of the Screw

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Mrs. Grose Character Analysis

The governess’s key confidante throughout the story, Mrs. Grose is a longtime servant at Bly. She has known the children for much longer than the governess, and her love for the two causes her occasionally to deny the accusations the governess makes against the children’s character and behavior. Mrs. Grose respects the governess and listens willingly to her claims to see ghosts and her concerns about Bly. Sometimes, though, Mrs. Grose seems to withhold information from the governess; she often stops short of full disclosure about such matters as the histories of the children and the estate’s past. The governess thinks of Mrs. Grose as her confidante, but she does not seem certain that an entirely honest relationship exists between them.

Mrs. Grose Quotes in The Turn of the Screw

The The Turn of the Screw quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Grose or refer to Mrs. Grose. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Signet Classics edition of The Turn of the Screw published in 2007.
Chapter 1 Quotes

The little girl who accompanied Mrs. Grose appeared to me on the spot a creature so charming as to make it a great fortune to have to do with her. She was the most beautiful child I had ever seen…

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose, Flora
Page Number: 291
Explanation and Analysis:

On the way to Bly the governess had been feeling nervous about her new position, but as soon as she arrives her anxieties are soothed by the beauty of the house and of Flora. In this passage she describes Flora as "the most beautiful child" she has ever seen, adding that anyone who knows her is lucky. This observation reveals the governess' initial belief that outward beauty corresponds to internal innocence; however, the coming events will come to challenge this view. The fact that she describes Flora not just as beautiful but as the most beautiful child she has ever seen adds to the sense that there might be something unnatural (or indeed supernatural!) about Flora's charm. 

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Chapter 2 Quotes

"I take what you said to me at noon as a declaration that you’ve never known him to be bad."
She threw back her head; she had clearly, by this time, and very honestly, adopted an attitude. "Oh, never known him—I don't pretend that!"
I was upset again. "Then you have known him—?"
"Yes indeed, miss, thank God!"
On reflection I accepted this. "You mean that a boy who never is—?"
"Is no boy for me!"
I held her tighter. "You like them with the spirit to be naughty?" Then, keeping pace with her answer, "So do I!" I eagerly brought out. "But not to the degree to contaminate—"
"To contaminate?"—my big word left her at a loss. I explained it. "To corrupt."
She stared, taking my meaning in; but it produced in her an odd laugh. "Are you afraid he'll corrupt you?"

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles
Page Number: 297
Explanation and Analysis:

Having read the news that Miles is being expelled from school, the governess asked Mrs. Grose if Miles was badly behaved, and Mrs. Grose replied that he wasn't. Here, however, Mrs. Grose slightly contradicts herself, saying it's not the case that Miles was never bad, but that she wouldn't like a boy who was perfectly behaved all the time anyway. The governess agrees, but nervously adds that a child shouldn't be so bad that he "corrupts" others, to which Mrs. Grose laughs and asks her if she is worried that Miles will corrupt her. 

This passage is significant as it establishes a key tension between innocence and corruption, and specifically foreshadows the governess's anxiety about whether Miles is truly innocent or whether, beneath his veneer of purity, he has been "corrupted" by Quint. Although the governess claims to like it when children have "the spirit to be naughty," her obsession with innocence suggests otherwise. Mrs. Grose's question of whether the governess is worried that Miles will corrupt her hints at an interpretation of the novel wherein the governess is the innocent one, and Miles and Flora are the corrupting forces. This would represent an eerie challenge to the presumed association between children and innocence.

Finally, the fact that Mrs. Grose at first said that Miles was perfectly behaved and then contradicts herself hints that she is perhaps not as trustworthy she might initially seem. This, combined with the many unfinished sentences and murky pauses of the dialogue, creates suspense and adds to the ambiguity of which characters in the novel are telling the truth or misunderstanding one another.

Chapter 3 Quotes

It would have been impossible to carry a bad name with a greater sweetness of innocence, and by the time I had got back to Bly with him I remained merely bewildered—so far, that is, as I was not outraged—by the sense of the horrible letter locked up in my room, in a drawer. As soon as I could compass a private word with Mrs. Grose I declared to her that it was grotesque.
She promptly understood me. "You mean the cruel charge—?"
"It doesn't live an instant. My dear woman, LOOK at him!"

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles
Page Number: 299
Explanation and Analysis:

Having met Miles for the first time, the governess is as smitten with his beauty and seeming innocence as she was with Flora, and is "bewildered" as to why he has been expelled from school. She confides this to Mrs. Grose, justifying her disbelief by saying "LOOK at him!". Once again, the governess reveals her complete faith in the idea that an outward appearance of beauty can be taken as proof that a person is innocent.

The fact that the governess received the letter before meeting Miles also means that the contents of the letter are a constant influence on how she views him—either making her wary and distrustful of Miles, or else indignant on his behalf.

Chapter 5 Quotes

"The children?"
"I can't leave them now."
"You're afraid—?"
I spoke boldly. "I'm afraid of HIM."
Mrs. Grose's large face showed me, at this, for the first time, the faraway faint glimmer of a consciousness more acute: I somehow made out in it the delayed dawn of an idea I myself had not given her and that was as yet quite obscure to me.

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles, Flora, Peter Quint
Page Number: 311
Explanation and Analysis:

The governess has described the man she has seen to Mrs. Grose, who is rather dismissive and says they should head to church. The governess protests, saying that she can't leave the children because she is afraid of the man. Mrs. Grose then seems to display a hint of recognition, indicating to that Mrs. Grose may know more than she has so far revealed (and indeed more than the governess knows). This mysterious sense of recognition advances the governess's coming suspicion that, despite the fact that the governess trusts and confides in Mrs. Grose, Mrs. Grose may be keeping secrets from her. Meanwhile, the governess's unwillingness to leave the children confirms her feeling of duty to protect them and her paranoia that the man she has seen intends to harm them. 

Chapter 6 Quotes

"He was looking for someone else, you say—someone who was not you?"
"He was looking for little Miles." A portentous clearness now possessed me. "That’s whom he was looking for."
"But how do you know?"
"I know, I know, I know!" My exaltation grew. "And you know, my dear!"

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles, Peter Quint
Page Number: 314
Explanation and Analysis:

The governess has vowed to Mrs. Grose that she will approach her task of protecting the children with renewed vigour, and goes on to say that this is because she knows that the ghost of Peter Quint was "looking for" Miles. This moment certainly adds a disturbing element to the story, though––as this passage shows––it is not quite clear how the governess knows Quint is targeting Miles. As in many parts of the novel, she seems to be relying on a strong yet inexplicable sense of intuition.

This is significant, as it would have been unusual at the time for two women to be effectively running a household with no male supervision. Much of the governess and Mrs. Grose's distress can be read as anxiety over whether to trust their own instincts; this is reflected in the fact that the governess is constantly longing for the authoritative intervention of Miles and Flora's uncle. At the same time, this exchange reveals that the governess does strongly believe that both she and Mrs. Grose know that the "innocent" Miles is in danger, emphasized by her exclamations "I know, I know, I know! ... And you know, my dear!" 

"Oh, it wasn't him!" Mrs. Grose with emphasis declared. "It was Quint's own fancy. To play with him, I mean—to spoil him." She paused a moment; then she added: "Quint was much too free."
This gave me, straight from my vision of his face—such a face!—a sudden sickness of disgust. "Too free with my boy?"
"Too free with everyone!"

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles, Peter Quint
Page Number: 315
Explanation and Analysis:

In response to the governess' suspicions that Quint's ghost is "looking for" Miles, Mrs. Grose confesses that, when he was alive, Quint was especially fond of Miles and liked "to spoil him." She then goes on to say that he was "much too free," a comment that horrifies the governess.

It is important to note that the use of euphemistic expression here leaves the true meaning of Mrs. Grose's words ambiguous. During the Victorian era, sexuality was often referred to with this kind of indirect language; at the same time, due to the strict social codes of the era, "much too free" could mean any number of transgressions. The governess's horror at the thought that Quint was "too free" with Miles suggests that she interprets Mrs. Grose as saying that Quint sexually molested Miles. However, Mrs. Grose's reply that Quint was too free with everyone again throws this interpretation into doubt, all while also hinting at the later revelation that Quint and Miss Jessel had a sexual relationship of their own. 

Chapter 7 Quotes

"They know—it's too monstrous: they know, they know!"
"And what on earth—?" I felt her incredulity as she held me.
"Why, all that we know—and heaven knows what else besides!" Then, as she released me, I made it out to her, made it out perhaps only now with full coherency even to myself. "Two hours ago, in the garden"—I could scarce articulate—"Flora saw!"
Mrs. Grose took it as she might have taken a blow in the stomach. "She has told you?" she panted.
"Not a word—that's the horror. She kept it to herself!”

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles, Flora
Page Number: 320-321
Explanation and Analysis:

Having waited in vain for Flora to acknowledge the appearance of the ghost by the lake, the governess later tells Mrs. Grose what happened, emphasizing that she now believes that Miles and Flora do see the ghosts but pretend that nothing is there. Indeed, the governess suggests that Miles and Flora perhaps understand the situation far better than Mrs. Grose and she herself do (as indicated by the phrase "and heaven knows what else besides!"). The governess is horrified that Flora pretends not to see them, as this suggests that the ghosts have some kind of influence over the children. 

Once again, it is very difficult to know whether or not to trust the governess here. She insists that she knows Flora saw the ghost, but again, this knowledge seems to be purely intuitive and not based on any evidence (it actually contradicts the evidence, as Flora didn't seem to see the ghost). This passage also significantly disrupts assumptions about the binaries between innocence and corruption and between truth and secrecy. The governess's revelation shifts the presumption that the children are innocent, honest, and ignorant, while she and Mrs. Grose––as the adults and authority figures––possess disturbing knowledge that they must keep secret from the children. According to the governess's new beliefs, it is in fact the children who are keeping horrifying secrets from the adults, who remain innocently clueless about what is really going on. 

Chapter 8 Quotes

To gaze into the depths of blue of the child's eyes and pronounce their loveliness a trick of premature cunning was to be guilty of a cynicism in preference to which I naturally preferred to abjure my judgment and, so far as might be, my agitation. I couldn't abjure for merely wanting to, but I could repeat to Mrs. Grose—as I did there, over and over, in the small hours—that with their voices in the air, their pressure on one's heart, and their fragrant faces against one's cheek, everything fell to the ground but their incapacity and their beauty.

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose, Miles, Flora
Page Number: 326
Explanation and Analysis:

The governess has been questioning Mrs. Grose about Miles' relationship with Quint, trying to figure out if Miles is really as innocent and honest as he appears; Mrs. Grose has responded by admitting that Miles has been secretive about his time with Quint. The governess, disturbed, resolves not to assume Miles is lying, and once again contemplates the children's beauty and charm as evidence that they must be innocent. 

This passage is typically ambiguous. On one level, it seems to suggest that the governess' obsession with the children's apparent innocence is naïve. She seems almost to fetishize their adorable looks, losing the ability to think rationally in the rapturous, sensual description of "their pressure on one's heart, and their fragrant faces against one's cheek." At the same time, it could be just as likely that Mrs. Grose is keeping secrets as opposed to Miles, and the governess's enduring commitment to protecting the children perhaps reveals her noble, loyal character. 

Finally, the phrase "their pressure on one's heart" disturbingly foreshadows the final scene in the story, when the governess describes Miles's death by saying that "his little heart... had stopped."

Chapter 12 Quotes

"Why, of the very things that have delighted, fascinated, and yet, at bottom, as I now so strangely see, mystified and troubled me. Their more than earthly beauty, their absolutely unnatural goodness. It's a game," I went on; "it's a policy and a fraud!"
"On the part of little darlings—?"
"As yet mere lovely babies? Yes, mad as that seems!" The very act of bringing it out really helped me to trace it—follow it all up and piece it all together. "They haven't been good—they've only been absent. It has been easy to live with them, because they're simply leading a life of their own. They're not mine—they're not ours. They're his and they're hers!"
"Quint's and that woman's?"
"Quint's and that woman's. They want to get to them."

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles, Flora, Peter Quint, Miss Jessel
Page Number: 344
Explanation and Analysis:

Here the governess confesses a major change of opinion to Mrs. Grose: she now believes that the children have been deliberately trying to seem innocent when in fact they have been corrupted by Quint and Miss Jessel. She says that this explains their extraordinary, "unnatural" sweetness and obedience, and she concludes that the children do not belong to the governess and Mrs. Grose, but to the two ghosts. This is a pivotal moment in the novel, the point when the governess's own innocence––manifested through her naïve insistence on the innocence of the children––suddenly falls away and she fully accepts her suspicion and paranoia. 

This passage also makes clear that it is impossible for the governess to imagine that the children are independent, autonomous beings. She says that she thought they were good because they were obedient, but in fact they have just been "absent.. leading a life of their own." She then goes on to tell Mrs. Grose that the children are "not ours. They're his and they're hers!" This shows not only that, when it comes to the children, the governess imagines goodness as being the same as obedience, but also that she believes the children must either belong to her or to someone else––they cannot simply exist as their own people.

Chapter 18 Quotes

“She's with her?"
"She's with her!" I declared. "We must find them."
My hand was on my friend's arm, but she failed for the moment, confronted with such an account of the matter, to respond to my pressure. She communed, on the contrary, on the spot, with her uneasiness. "And where's Master Miles?"
"Oh, he’s with Quint. They're in the schoolroom."
"Lord, miss!" My view, I was myself aware—and therefore I suppose my tone—had never yet reached so calm an assurance.
"The trick's played," I went on; "they’ve successfully worked their plan. He found the most divine little way to keep me quiet while she went off."
"'Divine'?" Mrs. Grose bewilderedly echoed.

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose (speaker), Miles, Flora, Peter Quint, Miss Jessel
Page Number: 368
Explanation and Analysis:

Miles has been playing the piano for the governess, during which time Flora disappeared. The governess, having realized this, goes to Mrs. Grose and insists that they find Flora, who the governess is convinced is with Miss Jessel. When Mrs. Grose asks where Miles is, the governess tells her he must be with Quint and that the piano playing was a "trick" to distract her while Flora ran off with Miss Jessel. It is clear at this point that, like the children, Mrs. Grose is alarmed at the governess's behavior. Whether we interpret the ghosts as real or not, it is clear that the governess's belief in their influence over the children is leading her into a frenzy, which in turn isolates her from those around her.

Even at this crazed and climactic moment, the governess still seems fixated on the binary between innocence and corruption. She calls Miles's piano playing a "divine little way to keep me quiet." The use of the word "divine"––emphasized by Mrs. Grose's bewildered repetition––shows that the governess retains her obsession with the children's unearthly purity, even while she is accusing them of conspiring against her. 

Chapter 20 Quotes

Miss Jessel stood before us on the opposite bank exactly as she had stood the other time, and I remember, strangely, as the first feeling now produced in me, my thrill of joy at having brought on a proof. She was there, and I was justified; she was there, and I was neither cruel nor mad. She was there for poor scared Mrs. Grose, but she was there most for Flora…

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Mrs. Grose, Flora, Miss Jessel
Page Number: 373
Explanation and Analysis:

Mrs. Grose and the governess have found Flora outside by the lake, and as they stand there the governess spots Miss Jessel again, in the same position as when the governess saw her for the first time. Note that this is the first occasion that one of the ghosts has appeared in the presence of another adult, and the governess feels overjoyed at the "proof" that they are real. While this might seem like a perverse emotional reaction, it reveals that the governess' feelings of isolation and self-doubt have begun to scare her even more than the existence of the ghosts in the first place. Regardless of whether the reader believes that the ghosts are real, in this part of the novel James suggests that psychological torment and the possibility of madness can be far more frightening than supernatural horror.

Of course, the governess's immediate feeling of relief is ironic, as after this passage Mrs. Grose reveals that she did not see the ghost of Miss Jessel. Once again, this can be interpreted in a number of ways; either as proof that the ghosts are the governess's hallucinations, or that they deliberately conceal themselves from Mrs. Grose in order to make the governess seem mad, or that they appear to particular people at particular times for some other reason. Indeed, the governess herself emphasizes the idea that the ghosts do not simply appear but reveal themselves to individuals with her statement that, "She was there for poor scared Mrs. Grose, but she was there most for Flora." 

"I don't know what you mean. I see nobody. I see nothing. I never have. I think you're cruel. I don't like you!" Then, after this deliverance, which might have been that of a vulgarly pert little girl in the street, she hugged Mrs. Grose more closely and buried in her skirts the dreadful little face. In this position she produced an almost furious wail. "Take me away, take me away—oh, take me away from her!"

Related Characters: The Governess (speaker), Flora (speaker), Mrs. Grose
Page Number: 375
Explanation and Analysis:

After Mrs. Grose has admitted that she does not see Miss Jessel, Flora agrees, saying she has "never" seen anyone or anything and accusing the governess of being cruel. She then demands that Mrs. Grose take her away. Flora's words alarm the governess, not only because they are so directly accusatory but because they also challenge the governess's presumptions about the binaries of innocence and evil.

Throughout the novel, the governess has been fixated on the idea that the children are innocent and pure, that Quint and Miss Jessel are evil, and that she––the governess––is the children's protector and is therefore good. However, this exchange majorly subverts these beliefs, suggesting that if Quint and Miss Jessel don't exist, then it is the governess herself who is having a cruel, corrupting effect on the children. Note that this subversion is also evident in the way the governess describes Flora here, no longer using words associated with magical innocence and beauty, but instead calling her "vulgarly pert" and "dreadful." The fact that the governess's opinion reverses so suddenly suggests that the appearance of innocence can be highly unstable and misleading. 

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Mrs. Grose Character Timeline in The Turn of the Screw

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Grose appears in The Turn of the Screw. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Preface
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...called Bly, where they lived and were taken care of by an “excellent woman” named Mrs. Grose , who was still at Bly, and a recently deceased governess (the circumstances of whose... (full context)
Chapter 1
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Mrs. Grose informs the governess that Miles will arrive in a couple days by the same carriage... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The governess confides in Mrs. Grose about the announcement of Miles’s expulsion, and she seeks from Mrs. Grose an explanation. Mrs.... (full context)
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...day is the day of Miles’s arrival. Before leaving to meet Miles, the governess asks Mrs. Grose what happened to the previous governess. Mrs. Grose replies that she does not know exactly... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...the strange man up in the tower, the governess returns into the home and sees Mrs. Grose in the hall. She decides not to say anything to Mrs. Grose about the event,... (full context)
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...strange man. While on her way out of the home to go to church with Mrs. Grose and the children, she remembers that she left her gloves inside. While in the room... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Having seen the governess standing outside the house, Mrs. Grose goes outside and asks the governess what had left her so shaken. The governess confides... (full context)
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The governess describes the man to Mrs. Grose . She tells her that he was not wearing a hat, had red hair and... (full context)
Chapter 6
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The narrative returns to the governess’s conversation with Mrs. Grose about her encounters with Quint. At the end of the conversation, the governess mentions that... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...continues to the afternoon following this lakeside encounter with the new visitor. The governess tells Mrs. Grose that she believes the children see the visitors but are not telling her about their... (full context)
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The governess describes the visitor she’d seen to Mrs. Grose . She says she was an “infamous” looking woman dressed in black, and Mrs. Grose... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The narrative continues to describe the time following the governess’s conversation with Mrs. Grose . The governess decides to continue on with her duties, to plow ahead despite her... (full context)
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Later, the governess questions Mrs. Grose , hoping to draw out of her when, if ever, Mrs. Grose had thought Miles... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The governess reflects on the days following her conversation with Mrs. Grose . Her time spent with the children returned again to the calm and carefree atmosphere... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The day after seeing Miles out on the lawn, the governess speaks privately with Mrs. Grose about what had happened. Before describing what she says to Mrs. Grose, though, the governess... (full context)
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The governess then describes what she says to Mrs. Grose about her encounter with Miles. After seeing him out on the lawn, the governess went... (full context)
Chapter 12
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After finishing her description of her night with the children, the governess tells Mrs. Grose she believes the two children were meeting secretly with the ghosts of Quint and Miss... (full context)
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Mrs. Grose immediately accepts the governess’s evaluation of the situation, and, further, suggests that they must tell... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...is so shook up by her interaction with Miles, the governess returns to Bly, leaving Mrs. Grose , Flora, and Miles behind at the church. Upon entering the home, the governess notices... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Flora, Mrs. Grose , and Miles return home from church, and the governess is surprised to see that... (full context)
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The governess then tells Mrs. Grose about her meeting with Miss Jessel. The governess tells Mrs. Grose it is clear that... (full context)
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...against Miles, and they blame his expulsion alternatively on his uncle, Quint, Miss Jessel, and Mrs. Grose herself (for allowing the children to go on meeting with Quint and Miss Jessel). In... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...lessons with the children—during which they had been extremely well-behaved, which the governess finds suspicious— Mrs. Grose asks the governess if she has written the letter yet. The governess says that she... (full context)
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The governess, panicked, runs to find Mrs. Grose , who also does not know where Flora has gone off to. The governess says... (full context)
Chapter 19
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The governess and Mrs. Grose leave Miles behind to go find Flora outside. The governess decides to head to the... (full context)
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...boat, exactly as the governess had expected. After looking for a bit, they see Flora. Mrs. Grose excitedly rushes to Flora and hugs her, and during this embrace Flora gives looks at... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...the governess sees Miss Jessel staring at them from the opposite bank. The governess grasps Mrs. Grose’s arm and directs her attention to where she sees Miss Jessel standing. The governess is... (full context)
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The governess accosts Mrs. Grose , saying that she must be able to see Miss Jessel. Mrs. Grose tells the... (full context)
Chapter 21
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The narrative continues to the morning following the day by the lake. Mrs. Grose enters the governess’s room early to speak about Flora’s condition. Flora, she says, has fallen... (full context)
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The governess then says that she will not leave Bly, and she insists that Mrs. Grose take Flora to her uncle. She says that Flora needs to be away from Quint... (full context)
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Mrs. Grose returns to the subject of Flora. She says that even though she hasn’t seen Miss... (full context)
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At the end of the chapter, Mrs. Grose says that she has a suspicion, which she had hoped to withhold, that Miles had... (full context)
Chapter 22
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With Mrs. Grose and Flora now gone from Bly, the governess prepares herself for her time alone with... (full context)