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The Turn of The Screw

The Turn of The Screw

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THE TURN OFTHE SCREW
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HENRY JAMES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Turn of the Screw
 Author: Henry James, 1843–1916First published: 1898The original book is in the public domain in the UnitedStates and in most, if not all, other countries as well. Readersoutside the United States should check their own countries’copyright laws to be certain they can legallydownload this ebook. TheOnline Books Pagehas anFAQwhich gives a summary of copyright durations for many other countries, aswell as links to more official sources.This PDF ebook wascreated by José Menéndez.
 
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story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless,but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, onChristmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale shouldessentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebodyhappened to say that it was the only case he had met inwhich such a visitation had fallen on a child. The case, I maymention, was that of an apparition in just such an old houseas had gathered us for the occasion—an appearance, of adreadful kind, to a little boy sleeping in the room with hismother and waking her up in the terror of it; waking her notto dissipate his dread and soothe him to sleep again, but toencounter also, herself, before she had succeeded in doingso, the same sight that had shaken him. It was thisobservation that drew from Douglas—not immediately, butlater in the evening—a reply that had the interestingconsequence to which I call attention. Someone else told astory not particularly effective, which I saw he was notfollowing. This I took for a sign that he had himself something to produce and that we should only have to wait.We waited in fact till two nights later; but that same evening,before we scattered, he brought out what was in his mind.“I quite agree—in regard to Griffin’s ghost, or whateverit was—that its appearing first to the little boy, at so tenderan age, adds a particular touch. But it’s not the firstoccurrence of its charming kind that I know to have involveda child. If the child gives the effect another turn of the screw,what do you say to
two
children—?”

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