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The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper Part 12 Summary
It’s the last day in the house. John stays in town overnight with a patient, and Jennie offers to keep the narrator company, but she declines. As soon as night falls, the narrator goes to the wallpaper to help the woman trapped inside. The narrator and the trapped woman peel away yards of the wallpaper. The sun rises and the narrator believes the pattern is laughing at her. She is due to leave tomorrow with John. Jennie comes into the room and is astounded to see much of the wallpaper gone. The narrator says she will sleep the rest of the day and requests that no one disturb her. After Jennie leaves, the narrator locks the door, throws the key down the stairs, and gets to work. The narrator prepares a rope to capture the woman in the wallpaper once she gets out. The narrator then tries to move the bed so she can stand on it to strip the wallpaper. The bed doesn’t move. The narrator gets so enraged that she bites it. She gets angry enough that she contemplates jumping out the window, only to find that the windows are barred. The narrator is happy that she can now creep around the room as she wishes. John tries to get in the room. He pounds on the door and the narrator finally tells him that the key is on the front path. He comes in and is shocked to see his wife creeping about. The narrator tells John that she (the narrator) has finally escaped and that he cannot put her back. John faints as the narrator continues to creep around the room.
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