Study Guide

The Turn of the Screw Characters

By Henry James

The Governess

The Governess is the only character we can really sink our teeth into in this story—in...

Miles

Here's the thing: for a character as central as Miles is, we actually know very little about...

Flora

Flora is two years younger than her brother—she's eight—and is just as adorable; the...

Peter Quint

Peter Quint is just all kinds of trouble. First of all, he’s an evil spirit who’s...

Miss Jessel

Even though she's definitely one of the two villains of this story (from a conventional point of...

Mrs. Grose

Mrs. Grose is something of a blank page—a kindly, loving blank page, but a blank one...

The Uncle

As you can see, the general theme here is that we don't really know anything at all about any of...

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