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In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper," the narrator is taken to an old estate home in order to get fresh air to heal from a nervous disorder. She describes it as a "beautiful" place with a "delicious" garden. She longs to have the room on the first floor which looks out at a "piazza." However, her husband doesn't like the first floor room and instead places her on the third floor in an old nursery.
The nursery is described by the narrator:
It is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore. It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the walls.
The part of the room the narrator obsesses about is the yellow wallpaper. She describes the wallpaper as being partially torn off the walls. The patterns look like they want to commit suicide, and the "color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow."
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