The Yellow Wall-paper

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The Yellow Wall-paper

The Yellow Wall-paper

By Charlotte Perkins Stetson

"One of those sprawling flamboyantpatterns committing every artistic sin.It is dull enough to confuse the eye infollowing, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, andwhen you follow the lame uncertaincurves for a little distance they suddenlycommit suicide - plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions. "

"The color is repellant, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow,strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.It is a dull yet lurid orange in someplaces, a sickly sulphur tint in others."

"There is a recurrent spot where the.pattern lolls like a broken neck and twobulbous eyes stare at you upside down"

But in the places where it isn't fadedand where the sun is just so - I can see astrange, provoking, formless sort of figure,that seems to skulk about behind that sillyand conspicuous front design.

"I know a little of the principle ofdesign, and I know this thing was notarranged on any laws of radiation, oralternation, or repetition, or symmetry, oranything else that I ever heard of."

"And it is like a woman stooping down.and creeping about behind that pattern.I don't like it a bit."

"I didn't realize for a long time whatthe thing was that showed behind, thatdim sub-pattern, but now I am quite sureit is a woman."

"The outside pattern is a florid arabesque,reminding one of a fungus. Ifyou can imagine a toadstool in joints, aninterminable string of toadstools, buddingand sprouting in endless convolutions..."



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