In "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, there is no substantive evidence to suggest that the narrator was seriously ill at the time when and immediately after the story begins. We are told very early on that the narrator believes she is ill, but only because her husband, John, and her own brothers, who are physicians, have led her to believe there is something wrong with her. According to these men, she would benefit the most from a "rest cure" at the house with the yellow wallpaper:
He [John] is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.
I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more.
He said we came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get. “Your exercise depends on your strength, my dear,” said he, “and your food somewhat on your appetite; but air you can absorb all the time.” So we took the...
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