- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: March 15, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ATTZASI
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The Turn of the Screw Audiobook – Unabridged
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In reading the book, I was able to understand more about Catherine's father and why he acted the way he did towards her. It humanized him much more than the movie did and he was a more sympathetic character in the book than in the movie. I think he had something like a god-complex, but he did realize the deficiencies in Catherine's makeup and it distressed him greatly as he realized she would never become the type of daughterhh
Morris Townsend is a fortune hunter who is in liaison with Catherine's aunt Lavinia who is scheming and plotting for her niece to marry Morris even though it is plain to see that Morris only wants the girl's money. Lavinia and Morris meet in secret quite a bit during this story to plan out how he will win Catherine and how to scheme for him to see her while her father is out of the house. It seems to be the only time Morris visits during the story. Lavinia doesn't change during the story she plots and schemes to the very end. Catherine has another aunt named Elizabeth who is basically a bystander in Catherine's life she really doesn't have much to contribute to the story and I'm not sure why she is even a character.
Catherine meets Morris at an evening party. She talks with him awhile and he appears to be gentlemen but most appearances can be deceiving. Morris asks if he can call on her which he does and so begins his courtship of Catherine. He gains Catherine's trust little by little and avoids Dr. Sloper whenever possible. Morris plays on Catherine's emotions knowing full well that there is an emotional disconnect with her father. He proposes marriage and when Catherine tells her father. Dr. Sloper tries to shut it down by asking his daughter to tour Europe for a few months with him. Dr. Sloper thinks that with time away and no contact with Morris that his daughter will give up the fortune hunter. Well unbeknownst to Dr. Sloper his sister Lavinia is passing correspondence between Morris and Catherine basically undoing all that he has tried to accomplish and when he finds out there is hell to pay. While in Europe her father takes her out on a drive far and away out in gods nowhere and casually threatens to leave her there saying that she's a sheep to slaughter anyway. Well Catherine doesn't back down from her father. Their rift is now larger than it was before their trip to Europe and neither one of them will relent which causes more hurt feelings on both sides.
After Catherine's long trip to Europe has ended she comes home to Morris. Morris has other ideas since her father will not give in then he is bowing out. Since he can not gain Catherine fortune through marriage he decides to give her the push. He tells her some lame excuse like I don't want to cause more problems with your father. So he leaves her to go else where. Catherine is so hurt by this that she actually goes to find him at his sisters and is turned away. The poor thing is actually begging it was so sad. After a bit she starts to receive letters from Morris as I suppose his type of closure to her but she doesn't respond back to him. One day after a number of years have passed and Catherine is older her father has died and she's alone taking care of her Aunt Lavinia. Well Lavinia hasn't finished scheming because she has invited Morris to call on Catherine. Morris returns trying to make a Roger Clemens style come back saying that he has always loved her and wants her back. Catherine is cold, cynical, bitter and far from being played like the school girl she was. Catherine tells him basically to hit the road and don't darken her doorstep again. Then she proceeds to set back down in her chair and go back to her knitting like nothing happen. Morris is upset and as he walks out Lavinia follows him and you can see that Morris hasn't changed by his attitude. Morris isn't happy to learn that Lavinia tricked him into coming to the house. I assume during their last secret meeting that Lavinia must have suggested Catherine still cared for him. Well he found out just how little she does care for him which is "not a button" as he put it.
James wrote well, but the subject matter of this novel was not educational or instructive. I found it depressing and a stretch of the imagination that didn't help me value the plot. Maybe reading it at some other time in my life would have been better.....a time when I had fewer worries!!!