The title could be a symbol alluding to the fact that, as we go deeper on the text, the narration could have various interpretations and each reader can give a twist different from other readers.
This excerpt is the starting point of Chapter XIII. In the previous chapter the governess suspects the children are corrupted by the apparitions and they are pretending to be innocent. Mrs. Grose accepts her interpretations and suggests telling the children 's uncle but the governess refuses because she wants to solve the situation on her own without bothering the uncle, proving her effectiveness.
The first thing to be considered is the narrator: we have a narrator who is also a character in the story – a homodiegetic narrator, but as she is also the protagonist of the narrative, it is an autodiegetic narrator and, regarding focalization, the governess is the focus of perception: the focaliser. We receive her point of view, and is she who speaks here. It is a homodiegetic narrator who tries to reproduce her own impressions in an internal focalisation; we see the story throughout her eyes. She is an overt narrator with a distinct personality who makes her opinions known. We can distinguish her presence very clearly and it is the main reason for the sense of mystery surrounding the story. On the other hand, she is an unreliable narrator; we cannot be certain the information the governess is presenting is completely trustable, not because she is not sincere, but because we only have her personal point of view and she may not be aware of the implications her ...
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...hich develops a tone of desperation and it seems the governess is unable to get rid of the sinister feeling there is inside Bly. She uses indirect hints or vague language rather than communicate directly the 'forbidden matters ' and she is really persistent trying to convince us she is right in her suppositions. She is almost saying the children had the ability to manipulate and dissuade her from making the relevant questions and ascertainments, keeping her busy talking about her previous life and vain conversations which evaded the supernatural.
I think that this passage shows us how the governess 's thoughts about the children and all that surrounds them has changed. She looks after them closely because she does not see them as innocent and well behaved creatures anymore. She becomes a more observer and obsessive person, which leads her to the brink of paranoia.
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