Throughout lines 100–145, the narrator repeatedly asks her husband to "take her home" or "let her make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia." Why doesn’t John allow her to go? How does the narrator feel about the restrictions being placed upon her? How does this further develop her character? Use evidence to support your response.

John won't allow the narrator to go visit Cousin Henry and Julia because they are stimulating people liable to cause her undue excitement. John says that he will ask Henry and Julia down for a long visit, but only after his wife gets well. The narrator isn't pleased at hearing this. She wishes she could get well quickly so she could have Henry and Julia's stimulating company. This develops her character by giving her the determination to get well again.

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As one can imagine, the narrator is sick and tired of being cooped up indoors all day with nothing to do. Above all, she misses human company, the kind of company that Cousin Henry and Julia can provide. One gets the impression that they are stimulating companions, which is just what the narrator desperately needs at this time. Many doctors would agree, but not John. He's convinced that allowing his wife to visit Henry and Julia would be a big mistake:

When I get really well, John says we will ask Cousin Henry and Julia down for a long visit; but he says he would as soon put fireworks in my pillow-case as to let me have those stimulating people about now.

John clearly doesn't want his wife to get over-excited. And he's certain that if Cousin Henry and Julia come over to visit then that's precisely what his wife will become. John's treatment of his wife effectively involves wrapping her up in metaphorical cotton wool so as to avoid anything that might damage her fragile health.

The narrator's not very happy about this, of course, but as always she defers to her husband. Nonetheless, his restrictions make her all the more determined to get well as soon as possible. In that sense, one could say that being deprived of human company has strengthened her character. At the same time, however, the solitude is starting to wreak havoc on her fragile psychological state.

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