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Turn of the Screw:Novel Summary: Section 10

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Summary of Section X

When the governess returns to her room, she finds Flora not in her bed but hiding behind the curtain. She asks if Flora was looking for her out the window to see if she was walking on the grounds, and Flora replies she thought someone might be walking there, but she did not see anyone. The governess is convinced Flora is lying. Now the governess hardly sleeps and looks frequently in the hallway at night for the ghosts. One night she meets the woman ghost sitting on a stair with her back to the governess with her head in her hands in a gesture of woe.

Another night, the governess finds Flora out of bed at the window looking at something below. She goes to another window to see what Flora is looking at, and it is Miles out on the lawn.

Commentary on Section X

The ghosts are active at night, and the governess sees the children are out of bed, watching the grounds, or even as Miles, out of bed and down on the grounds at night. It is a shock to see Flora and Miles both up at the same time, focused on something on the lawn. The governess now believes that Flora has deliberately lied to her about what she does when she gets out of bed at night.




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