In The Haunting of Bly Manor, it is simple to chalk up the erratic behaviors of the orphaned Wingrave kids as signs of their grief. At a cursory look, grief would clarify their hostility towards the workers and random walks across the property’s lake. However after all, The Haunting of Bly Manor is all about ghosts, and the ghosts are positively as much as no good. Whereas they themselves are bodiless, the spirits have discovered a hack to navigate the bodily world by “tucking away” the kids, which principally means pushing them again to their recollections to occupy their our bodies. Let’s break down this concept, since it may be very complicated.
In a way, the Wingraves are creepy possessed kids. We primarily see the spirits of Rebecca Jessel and Peter Quint tucking away the youngsters. The present formally introduces us to the idea of getting tucked away when Flora will get pushed again to a reminiscence the place she spends time along with her mom. This occurs instantly after Rebecca Jessel touches her brow. On the finish of the reminiscence, Flora realizes one thing unusual is afoot as a result of her mom tells her she ought to be 5 when she’s really 8. She matter-of-factly tells her mother and uncle, “I have been tucked away once more, in one other reminiscence.” In a while, Dani sees Flora staring out on the lake. As Flora begins to query what is going on on, Rebecca touches her once more, disappearing as Flora takes on unusual grownup mannerisms.
Between the 2 star-crossed lovers, Peter is extra seemingly to make use of Miles for nefarious functions. He first realizes his capacity to take over Miles the night time he dies, when he touches Miles’s shoulder and yells on the Girl within the Lake to let his physique go. The puzzle items come collectively once we notice Peter has been possessing Miles this complete time. For each completely splendid second with Miles, we get a handful the place he makes creepy passes on the workers, calls for alcohol, and acts out. When he turns into fed up with Hannah, Peter then makes use of Miles to push her down the effectively, proper earlier than Dani arrives. In fact, it isn’t solely the kids who’ve been tucked away. When Peter discovers he can occupy Rebecca’s physique, he makes use of her to attempt to get out of Bly Manor. This does not work, and Rebecca is not very eager on being tucked away.
So, what concerning the spirits randomly getting pulled away once in a while? The ghosts have moments the place they “slip away,” which suggests they revisit their very own recollections. For instance, Peter sees his mom knocking on the door, and Hannah returns to the second she meets Owen. Peter refers to “slipping away” and “getting tucked” with an umbrella time period — “dream hopping.”
However slipping away and getting tucked away aren’t everlasting. Probably the most everlasting means to enter somebody’s physique, it appears, requires a component of consent. You actually have to ask the opposite individual in. That is why Peter asks Miles to recite, “It is you, it is me, it is us.” That is additionally what Dani says to the Girl within the Lake, who then turns into a part of her for the remainder of her life. Via the concept of getting tucked away, The Haunting of Bly Manor approaches the emotional theme of reminiscence with a spooky type of dream logic — simply in time for Halloween.