Throughout the book, the depiction of Mrs. Grose is somewhat strange. On the surface there is basically nothing; however, upon closer examination a number of interesting points come to light. James rarely has Grose interact with any of the characters other than the governess; when other characters are present, the housekeeper will usually be absent. She only seems to make her appearances when the governess feels the need to discuss her suspicions. It is almost as if she is the governess' counselor - they often share their thoughts on the situation as these discussions often consume entire chapters (chapters V, XII, XVI and XXI for example) They also have a curious habit of continuing each others' sentences. An example of this is found in chapter five and it starts off with Mrs. Grose saying, "But if he is n't a gentleman "
"What is he? He's a horror."
"He's God help me if I know what he is!" (45)
Mrs. Grose and the governess' conversations invariably progress in such a fashion, almost as if it is just one person's thoughts transcribed as a conversation between two personalities. This interpretation supports the theory that Grose is simply a personification of the governess' inner thoughts and debates and is, in fact, not a real character at all. The theme of the governess and Mrs. Grose talking as...