The governess in “The Turn of the Screw” is not a reliable narrator since she is losing her sanity. She is making connections between real life and things that do not exist. One example of this is in chapter 17 when the governess falsely perceives a chilly wind coming into the room closely followed by a shriek from Miles and then darkness. “So for a moment we remained, while I stared about me and saw that the drawn curtains were unstirred and the window tight. ‘Why, the candle’s out!’ I then cried. ‘It was I who blew it, dear!’ said Miles” (373). It seems that the governess believes that the cold gust she felt blew out the candle. The gust was not real, but she connected it to the real life occurrence of the candle being put out. It can be inferred that the narrator is losing her sanity when it is mentioned that both the window and curtains are undisturbed. Miles justifies this further when he states that he blew the candle out. When it says that “she stared about her” it could imply that she is confused and flustered. She seemingly wonders why the gust occurred and “stare[s] about her” to find the cause, but finds none. This should have been proof to herself that she was going mad. This is one of the scenes that makes the narrator’s reliability decrease. The governess is the narrator and her perception of wind is proven wrong. It is hard to tell how many of the other things she has described might not be real either. If she is insane, she has low credibility as a narrator, and it is possible that other claims she has made in the story are false.