| Quote #4
I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency. So I try.
John forces the narrator to repress her imagination. While her "habit of story-making" might have found a healthy outlet in writing, repressing her habit instead leads to the narrator's mental illness.
| Quote #5
I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.
Here John is a clear obstacle to the narrator’s desire to write and to lead an engaged, fulfilling life.
| Quote #6
[Jennie] is a perfect and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession. I verily believe she thinks it is the writing which made me sick! (2.77)
Jennie’s belief is characteristic of the perfect "angel in the house" ideal.