The most notable attribute to this theory within the story, is the reoccurrence of the unreliable narration. She is intrigued by the idea of a relationship between a woman of higher class and a menial man because it is so sordid.
When he wrote The Turn of the Screw, Henry James had just emerged from a mortifying experience as a playwright and returned to the novel form.
Because of her insecurity, the governess turns her relationship with the children into a power play.
Logically, the effect of this ought to be expansive. There was no question that the mother, fifty-year-old Ivy Muriel Cogdon, had killed the girl, and done so in a spectacularly brutal fashion, with an axe.
Like the ladies who must leave before the tale begins, the readers are "in a rage of curiosity.
Finally, at the end of the text, he admits he was dismissed from school for saying terrible things to boys that he liked. The language is extremely dense—late James in all his rococo rhetorical finery—and though the book runs only some hundred pages, it casts a spell not merely shadowy but extensive: it feels longer than it is.
Despite her prudishness and respectability, the governess demonstrates a keen interest in sexuality, and it is unclear whether she has been sexually active or if she is repressing her desires.
This was a popular form, especially in England, where according to the prologue to the novel meetings for telling ghost stories were a Christmas tradition.