The narrator, a new mother, has been brought to a country house with her husband, two ordinary people just taking a vacation. The setting that makes the people seem ordinary is the way the narrator describes the home they just rented. She seems to be an ordinary housewife. When the narrator starts talking about her husband she sounds more on the lines like someone who can not think for herself example (John is a physician, and perhaps - (I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind) - perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster. You see he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do? If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency - what is one to do? 5)
She states that the paper she is writing is a "dead paper" and it will not help her get well.
The treatment she states she used is phosphates or phosphites - whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to "work" until she is well again. The husband's attitude toward his wife is that he treats her like a child,
She was in a prison and her husband kept insisting that she stay there. She was even kept away from her child. At first she listens to him and does whatever he tells her to do, but after awhile she gets tired of the it all. Her husband was a tyrant who abused her emotionally by keeping her isolated from the freedoms of human enlightenment by...