• Said at 58:48 into the movie by Merton to Kate after confirming what she desires him to do is the statement that will unravel their relationship. Although this pivotal moment is a major contributor to their […]

    • But Kate doesn’t say that exactly: she says she will marry him without the money *if* he can swear on his word of honor that he is not in love with her memory. Which he can’t. Which is why she concludes “We shall never be again as we were.” (In the book, that is. The film suggests that he takes the money without Kate.)

  •         It is said that the weak are easily lead astray. Ms.Gidden’s is a representation of this idea. Her ability to see the situation at Bly for what it is was due to her weakness or “innocence’s.” We first s […]

    • I think you’re not only right on here, but you may be dealing with a social theme of the story that we usually ignore. One of the articles I think I put on BlackBoard (it’s by Schrero) argues that you can’t understand The Turn of the Screw unless you understand what the Victorian Brits of the upper class thought about the role of the governess and how the governess would shield children from what they believed was the polluting influence of the servant class in general. (That servants corrupted upper class children was a given.) Schrero brings to bear a number of contemporary sources that present this fear, and which accentuate the emphasis in the story on Quint’s not being “a gentleman” or anything like that.

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