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Unformatted text preview: The next four chapters describe Esther's psychiatric treatment at a private hospital, arranged and paid for by Philomena Guinea. Chapter 15 begins with Esther riding on gray plush seats in Mrs. Guinea's black Cadillac. We learn that Mrs. Guinea herself was, at one time, in an asylum also, and that she has inquired to find out if Esther's case involves a boy. Mrs. Greenwood has told her "No," which is true, but as the four chapters evolve, we see that part of Esther's problem does involve conflicts about sex. Esther is very dependent on dates with men if she is to have a good self-image. As they ride along in the luxurious car, Esther's mother sits on one side and Esther's brother sits on the other; thus, Esther is prevented from jumping out of the car. Esther sinks back into her feelings of nothingness and tells us about her "bell jar," where she is trapped. She believes that she'd be in her nothingness and tells us about her "bell jar," where she is trapped....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09