“There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.” -Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
If you’ve never read The Yellow Wallpaper, I’d rectify that immediately. IMO the most important turn of the century ghost story, right up there with Turn of the Screw.
It’s also semi-autobiographical. Charlotte Perkins Gilman legitimately almost went entirely mad during a period of postpartum psychosis. This was firmly exacerbated by the fact that during this period she was prevented from making art, from consuming art, from engaging in intellectualism ‘for her own good’.
The Yellow Wallpaper creeps into my mind again as we watch the world going mad around us. It is terrifying the things that those of us with power think is appropriate for others’ ‘own good’.