The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James February, 1995 [Etext #209] *****The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Turn of the Screw***** *****This file should be named tturn10. From what had he set out? Perhaps he had been born and bred among serious dissenters, seeing salvation in Jesus only and abhorring the vain pomps of the establishment. The inhuman clamour soothed his ears in which his mother's sobs and reproaches murmured insistently and the dark frail quivering bodies wheeling and fluttering and swerving round an airy temple of the tenuous sky soothed his eyes which still saw the image of his mother's face. He could not eat the blackish fish fritters they got on Wednesdays in lent and one of his potatoes had the mark of the spade in it.