A White Room

One of my students looked at another and said, without any malice, “I wonder what Ms would be like in an entirely white room with nobody and nothing around.”

I held papers in front of my mouth to hide my smile. I regained my composure and said, “Do you think I’d be more sane? Or crazier?”

He paused and thought for a moment before honestly and earnestly saying, “I think you’d be more… both.”

I nodded my head. “I think so, too.”

Who am I kidding? I’d go completely Yellow Wallpaper, smooching around the room.

One thought on “A White Room

  1. Comment from: Jonathan in Florida [Visitor]
    Ahhh! “Yellow Wallpaper”! A quintessential American short story, one of my favorites… probably a tie between this and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Between “Yellow Wallpaper” and a strange watercolor that my brother-in-law owns (it is a painting by a patient at an insane asylum, where watercolor blotches were made on paper, then the patient used pencil to trace out faces and such he saw in the blotches) I feel like I kind of know how insanity feels…
    04/12/11 @ 02:16

    Comment from: admin [Member]
    I hate “The Lottery” with a passion, but I love “Yellow Wallpaper.” There’s also “The Story of an Hour,” which is so depressing. I took a really great Literature of Women course when I was in Minnesota. We didn’t just read literature by women, but studied women in literature. “Hills Like White Elephants” was another favorite from that class, as was M. Butterfly.
    04/12/11 @ 07:41

    Comment from: Jonathan in Florida [Visitor]
    Really? “The Lottery” is a great story! It’s what I think of when I think of short stories. I’m also a big fan of “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood. I guess I’m of fan of the starkness and twists.
    04/12/11 @ 13:49

    Comment from: admin [Member]
    Yeah, I have had to read “The Lottery” for multiple lit classes with multiple teachers and I just don’t like it. I can’t even put my finger on why I don’t like it. It’s a visceral reaction I can’t put into words.

    I’ll have to check out “Happy Endings,” since I do enjoy Atwood!

    Have you ever read Roald Dahl’s adult short stories?
    04/13/11 @ 23:03

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