The diction clearly has a hold on the protagonist, but, at the same time, he is more interested in the light that he barely glimpses from the sepulchre.
He lives mainly in London but also has a country house, Bly.
The title illustration by John La Farge depicts the governess with her arm around Miles. The outbreak of the war in Korea had rattled Australian nerves.
It has a cobra-skin shimmer, a mesmerism all its own. She fears there is some horrible secret behind the expulsion but is too charmed by the adorable young boy to want to press the issue.
The governess refers directly to The Mysteries of Udolpho and indirectly to Jane Eyreevoking a comparison of the governess not only to the character of Jane Eyrebut also to the character of Bertha, the madwoman confined in Thornfield.
Photograph: National Media Museum. The Turn of the Screw has been the subject of a range of adaptations and reworkings in a variety of media, and these reworkings and adaptations have, themselves, been analysed in the academic literature on Henry James and neo-Victorian culture.
At each rereading, you have to marvel anew at how adroitly and painstakingly James plays both sides.
The boy, Miles, is attending a boarding schoolwhile his younger sister, Flora, is living in a summer country house in Essex. That releases Miss Jessel's power over the girl. Grose, the housekeeper.