Prose Court for Female Lead in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'
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Prose Court for Female Lead in "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Judge: You may proceed Mr. Ames.
Defender: Now Miss, just tell us what happened during the time in question.
Defendant: The time in question?
Defender: Yes. The three months you spent in the manse.
Defendant: Yes. I remember now. You see it was the wallpaper. John, was trying to be so sweet and not allow anything to upset me, but he forgot and left the wallpaper in the room.
Defender: The wallpaper?
Defendant: Yes. It was this ugly little shade of yellow that seemed to hold the sunlight and not let it escape. I wanted to have it taken down and replaced, but my husband, John you understand, said "that after the wallpaper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on" (Gilman 1891). He was rather insistent that the wall paper was actually good for me because I had a tendency to obsess about things and that I should not let a little poorly chosen wallpaper get the better of me.
Defender: And did it?
Defendant: What was that?
Defender: Did the wallpaper get the better of you?
Defendant: Oh no. We became friends. Well, not exactly friends, but I could see its purpose, as no one else could, so we came to an understanding. You see, there was a pattern over another pattern. At first I could only see the faces, but"¦
Defendant: Oh yes. You see "I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the