The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Yellow Wallpaper

"One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin."

The Yellow Wallpaper

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

"Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched, that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes and John's, and she wished we would be more careful! Did not that sound innocent? But I know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!"

The main character writes down her thoughts and feelings in a journal, though she is discouraged from it.

"But there is something else about that paper-- the smell! I noticed it the moment we came into the room, but with so much air and sun it was not bad. . . It creeps all over the house. I find it hovering in the dining-room, skulking in the parlor, hiding in the hall, lying in wait for me on the stairs. It gets into my hair. Even when I go to ride, if I turn my head suddenly and surprise it--there is that smell! Such a peculiar odor, too! I have spent hours in trying to analyze it, to find what it smelled like. It is not bad--at first, and very gentle, but quite the subtlest, most enduring odor I ever met. In this damp weather it is awful, I wake up in the night and find it hanging over me. It used to disturb me at first. I thought seriously of burning the house--to reach the smell. But now I am used to it.The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell."



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