To Room Nineteen Questions and Answers
by Doris Lessing

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In "To Room Nineteen," why and how is Susan isolated from the world and the people around her?

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In Doris Lessing's "Room Nineteen," our protagonist, Susan is isolated from the people and the world around her.

Susan's marriage to Matthew has not been a strong one.  By all outward appearances, they are a perfect couple, but things beneath the surface are not good.  The marriage is stale, and Matthew has been cheating.  Lacking the moral support of her husband is one form of isolation for Susan.  She has no close friends to confide in, and must shoulder the problem alone; it is also expected at this time that people do not publicly air their dirty laundry, so from the outside, it must continue to appear the perfect marriage: this is what society expects.

Susan is also isolated by her own actions .  Instead of demanding that her husband leave, or at least promise to be faithful, the two determine that they will forget about this "indiscretion," and pretend as if it never happened. Of course, this is fine to say, but Matthew does not remain...

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