Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. The Yellow Wallpaper
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   I think that woman gets out in the daytime!

    And I'll tell you why -- privately -- I've seen her!

   I can see her out of every one of my windows!

    It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.

    I see her on that long road under the trees, creeping along, and when a carriage comes she hides under the blackberry vines.

    I don't blame her a bit. It must be very humiliating to be caught creeping by daylight!

    I always lock the door when I creep by daylight. I can't do it at night, for I know John would suspect something at once.

    And John is so queer now, that I don't want to irritate him. I wish he would take another room! Besides, I don't want anybody to get that woman out at night but myself.

    I often wonder if I could see her out of all the windows at once.

    But, turn as fast as I can, I can only see out of one at one time.

    And though I always see her, she may be able to creep faster than I can turn!

    I have watched her sometimes away off in the open country, creeping as fast as a cloud shadow in a high wind.