Henry James

Henry James - 1 The Governess's Life: James's True Ghost...

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1 The Governess’s Life: James’s True Ghost Story When Henry James was asked to write a ghost story, he thought of a story he had heard of two children terrorized by a ghost in an old country estate. The ending result of the story was James’s The Turn of the Screw. While most people would believe that it is the events at Bly that make the tale horrific, it is, in fact, the governess herself and the circumstances that surround the events at Bly that make James’s ghost story come to life. The details that the frame gives about the governess’s life before Bly, as well as the details that the governess herself gives, add to the mystery and dreadfulness of James’s The Turn of the Screw. The details about the governess’s life prior to coming to Bly provide a foundation upon which James is able to plausibly build, and later record the changes in, the governess’s personality. When Douglas describes the governess after meeting her a decade following the events of the story, he describes her as “most agreeable”, “most
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