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Mrs Grose playing cleverly on the governess visions convinces her she is seeing Peter Quint and Ms Jessel in an effort to drive her mad At least that is according to Eric Solomons The Return of the Screw Mrs Grose tries to remove the governess to get to Flora Mrs Grose will do anything to gain control of Flora as she proved when she murdered Peter Quint He along with Ms Jessel was too much of an influence on the children Quint died somewhat mysteriously on a path between town and Bly He died from a blow on the head supposedly from falling upon a rock in the road The readers only impression of the death is through Mrs Groses story though and so Solomon hypothesizes she filters the information to make it seem less extraordinary a demise Perhaps Mrs Grose killed him out of jealously The reader can infer from this point of view that Mrs Grose somehow also had a hand in Ms Jessels death Mrs Grose then proceeds after the murders to twist the new governess visions of ghosts into visions of Quint and Jessel Solomon does not address the issue of whether or not what the governess sees is actually there His explanation is logical either way If the governess sees real ghosts or if she is imagining it all does not matter What matters is that Mrs Grose tailors Quint and Jessel to the governess descriptions She listens to the descriptions and tells the governess she is seeing Quint and Jessel Mrs Grose does not herself create the visions that the governess sees instead she bends them to her purpose The governess visions of ghosts are twisted by Mrs Grose When the governess reports seeing a ghost Mrs Grose seizes the opportunity exclaiming that the ghost she sees must be Peter Quint She also labels the other apparition as the ghost of Ms Jessel In this way
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