Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper (The Original 1892 New England Magazine Edition)

    aimvmonitohas quoted6 months ago
    The wall-paper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother—they must have had perseverance as well as hatred.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    He stopped short by the door.

    "What is the matter?" he cried. "For God's sake, what are you doing!"

    I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    The front pattern DOES move—and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!

    Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.

    Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.

    And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern—it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.

    Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day.

    It is always the same shape, only very numerous.

    And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don't like it a bit. I wonder—I begin to think—I wish John would take me away from here!
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    But I must not think about that. This paper looks to me as if it KNEW what a vicious influence it had!

    There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    John is a physician, and PERHAPS—(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)—PERHAPS that is one reason I do not get well faster.

    You see he does not believe I am sick!
    Konstantin Zilberburghas quoted7 years ago
    Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able,—to dress and entertain, and order things.
    Konstantin Zilberburghas quoted7 years ago
    There were greenhouses, too, but they are all broken now.
    Konstantin Zilberburghas quoted7 years ago
    There is a DELICIOUS garden! I never saw such a garden—large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    "I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!"

    Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please!

    I don't want to go outside. I won't, even if Jennie asks me to.

    For outside you have to creep on the ground, and everything is green instead of yellow.

    But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard!
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    I don't like to LOOK out of the windows even—there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast.

    I wonder if they all come out of that wall-paper as I did?

    But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope—you don't get ME out in the road there!
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    This bed will NOT move!

    I tried to lift and push it until I was lame, and then I got so angry I bit off a little piece at one corner—but it hurt my teeth.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    How those children did tear about here!

    This bedstead is fairly gnawed!
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    That was clever, for really I wasn't alone a bit! As soon as it was moonlight and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her.

    I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.

    A strip about as high as my head and half around the room.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    And John is so queer now, that I don't want to irritate him. I wish he would take another room! Besides, I don't want anybody to get that woman out at night but myself.
    Daniela Jhas quoted7 months ago
    I always lock the door when I creep by daylight. I can't do it at night, for I know John would suspect something at once.
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