The Governess was made to believe she had supreme Authority over Bly. "she will never trouble him-but never, never: neither appeal nor complain nor write about anything; only meet all questions herself, receive all moneys from his solicitor, take the whole thing over and let him alone" (The Turn of the Screw 28). The Governess became overwhelmed by the authority she gets and does not know what to do with it. She knows she wants to keep control over Bly, this desire led to her seeing ghosts and murdering miles.
Governesses were generally not considered to be "servants," though in some families they were treated like servants" (Maria Edgeworth 123). The governess in this story was not treated like a servant. For the servants Bly is just a place of work, they have a life outside of Bly. For the governess Bly was a place of life; she had no place to go after Bly, and she had to make the very best of it. If her job description was to home train and give necessary instruction to the children, she will do this no matter what it took. She was on top of them teaching them what they had to learn, she even cross their personal space. Miles and Flora still had more power than she did, she serve to them.
"In the first weeks the days were long; they often, at their finest, gave me what I used to call my own hour" (The Turn of the Screw 38). It was during her "own hour" when she was free of the kids when the governess saw Quint's ghost , it was as if he came out of her imagination to give her some entertainment in her life. Quint's ghost came at a time when she was consumed by her work at Bly and when she needed time to breathe and to get away. By her lying about seeing Quint's ghost the governess though she will be able to make Miles and Flora respect her and follow her orders, they will be too scare not to do what she wants, she is the only one that can see the ghost, and the only want that can save them from the ghost, so they have to follow her orders to be save.