The Turn of the Screw


Henry James

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Douglas Character Analysis

The man who follows Griffin’s story by adding a “turn of the screw” to Griffin’s shocking story when he reads the governess’s manuscript to the partygoers, a story that involves two ghosts and two children.The governesswas Douglas’s sister’s governess, and the way Douglas speaks of the governess implies that he had once been in love with her.

Douglas Quotes in The Turn of the Screw

The The Turn of the Screw quotes below are all either spoken by Douglas or refer to Douglas. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet Classics edition of The Turn of the Screw published in 2007.
Preface Quotes

"I quite agree—in regard to Griffin's ghost, or whatever it was—that its appearing first to the little boy, at so tender an age, adds a particular touch. But it's not the first occurrence of its charming kind that I know to have involved a child. If the child gives the effect another turn of the screw, what do you say to TWO children—?"

Related Characters: Douglas (speaker)
Page Number: 283
Explanation and Analysis:
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Douglas Character Timeline in The Turn of the Screw

The timeline below shows where the character Douglas appears in The Turn of the Screw. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Supernatural Theme Icon
Exterior vs. Interior Theme Icon
Youth and Innocence Theme Icon
...inclusion of children in the story of a ghost visitation. This prompts a second attendee, Douglas, to bring up a story he knows in which two children are visited. He describes... (full context)
Exterior vs. Interior Theme Icon
Douglas has access to the story’s original manuscript, which was written by the governess who was... (full context)
Exterior vs. Interior Theme Icon
Youth and Innocence Theme Icon
Douglas gives his listeners some background information about the governess. The youngest daughter of a poor... (full context)