Mental Exercise

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"I lie here on this great immovable bed--it is nailed down, I believe--and follow that pattern about by the hour. It is as good as gymnastics, I assure you. I start, we'll say, at the bottom, down in the corner over there where it has not been touched, and I determine for the thousandth time that I will follow that pointless pattern to some sort of a conclusion."

When I read this line, it kind of reminded me of someone with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) trying to reason with himself or herself. Her new obsession is to find out what exactly is the wallpaper, and she will stop at nothing to find out. In fact, the obsession consumes her. She no longer feels the need to do anything but observe the wallpaper. Overall, I was very interested in this story; using a journal format really connected me with the writer. 

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