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The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper
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The Yellow Wallpaper Part 2 Summary
Two weeks have passed.
The narrator is too weak to do much writing. She complains of suffering and guilt-trips herself for being unable to fulfill her duties.
A woman named Mary is taking care of the narrator’s baby. The narrator says she is nervous around her own son.
John almost gives in and repapers the room, but decides the narrator would then demand all sorts of other changes.
The narrator says she is becoming fonder of the room, except for the horrible wallpaper.
She gives us an overview of the view from her window.
The narrator wishes she could spend time as a writer, but resolves not to think about it.
She opts for describing the wallpaper instead. According to her, it is full of "absurd, unblinking eyes."
All the furniture in the room is also beat up, which doesn’t particularly bother the narrator.
She hears Jennie, John’s sister, on the stairs, who we learn is a perfect housekeeper, and the narrator is afraid to be caught writing.
The narrator notes that the wallpaper has a sub-pattern to it, behind which she can see "a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure."
She hears John’s sister on the stairs.
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