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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw


by Henry James

Peter Quint Timeline and Summary

  • Quint first appears to the Governess atop one of Bly's towers.
  • Quint appears outside the library window.
  • The Governess sees Quint actually inside the house for the first time – they gaze at each other and he descends the staircase and disappears.
  • We don't see Quint, but when Miles goes out to the lawn at night, the Governess is certain that he's looking up at Quint on the tower.
  • As the Governess grapples with Miles's final confession about his expulsion, Peter Quint appears one last time outside the window, his "white face of damnation" peering in – he's horrifying!