Summary of Section XIV
As they all walk to church on a Sunday, Miles finally asks the governess when he may go back to school. She feels a total awareness between them. They joke and flirt, and Miles insists he has been good. Miles says he wants to be with his own kind, meaning boys. He asks her if his uncle knows what is becoming of him because she never tells him. She tells him the uncle does not care, but he says he will make his uncle come down to see him.
Commentary on Section XIV
Miles gains the upper hand here. His requests seem reasonable, and suddenly, the governess appears to be a tyrant. Miles apparently wants his uncle to know how he is being treated. At this point it is not clear whether Miles knows he has been dismissed from his school. He says he has been good, however, as if to say, he has learned how to behave properly.