The Yellow Wallpaper | Study Guide

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper | Section 7 | Summary



The narrator is excited, and her health is improving. She feels more positive, and John is pleased that she is eating well and seems less agitated. She explains that her improvement is because she looks forward to watching the pattern in the wallpaper. She does not intend to reveal this fact to John, however. She fears her husband will make fun of her or make her leave early if he finds out her improvement "was because of the wall-paper." There is only one more week for the rental of the estate, and the narrator says, "I think that will be enough."


This very short entry is a turning point in the story, as the narrator begins to "improve." However, the improvement she seems to show is a result of her deepening fantasy that there is a woman living inside the wallpaper, which builds suspense. She says she thinks a week more will be "enough" to "find it out," but she doesn't say exactly what she intends or expects. John's point of view and the reader's point of view diverge even more here, because readers have far more information than John does.

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