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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper


by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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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