The Yellow Wallpaper


Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper: Seventh Entry Summary & Analysis

The narrator is feeling an improvement in her mood. She says the change is due to the wallpaper, although John doesn’t know that and she ‘has no intention of telling him.’ She is fascinated by its secrets and certain that, with the week remaining, she will be able to uncover them.
The narrator’s sense of purpose has returned with this ‘activity’ of sorts, but the reader can see that it is a dangerous obsession. She is no longer attempting to express her inner life to John.
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