The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
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The Turn of the Screw Appearances Quotes Page 4

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Flora continued to fix me with her small mask of reprobation, and even at that minute I prayed God to forgive me for seeming to see that, as she stood there holding tight to our friend's dress, her incomparable childish beauty had suddenly failed, had quite vanished. I've said it already – she was literally, she was hideously, hard; she had turned common and almost ugly. "I don't know what you mean. I see nobody. I see nothing. I never have. I think you're cruel. I don't like you!" Then, after this deliverance, which might have been that of a vulgarly pert little girl in the street, she hugged Mrs. Grose more closely and buried in her skirts the dreadful little face. In this position she produced an almost furious wail. "Take me away, take me away – oh, take me away from her!"

"From me?" I panted.

"From you – from you!" she cried. (20.5)

In the Governess's eyes, this confirmation of Flora's deceitfulness takes away her physical beauty – here, we see the link between innocence and beauty clearly laid out.

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