The Yellow Wallpaper (1899)
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Translated back to English from Russian translation (translated to Russian by Sergei Trofimov)
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.
Re translated text
I think the woman comes out during the day! I’ll tell you a secret- I saw her! Yes, I saw her through the window.
It is the same woman, there is no doubt about that. She’s creeping, but most women don’t creep in the daytime. I saw her on a long shady alley, where she was creeping from side to side. Then I saw her in the dark arbors that are twined with vines. She creeps around all of our park!
I saw her on the road under the trees. She was prowling like a dog, and when cars were passing by her, the woman would hide behind the blackberry bushes. I don’t blame her. It must be very humiliating to creep in daytime. I always lock the door when I creep in daytime. I can’t creep at night because John can suspect something bad.
John is very suspicious now! I don’t want to irritate him. It would have been great if he would move to a different room! Besides, I don’t want anyone to see me at night.
I often wonder, can she be seen from all windows at once. But no matter what, I can only follow her from one window. And even though I always see her, she crawls away faster than I can follow. Sometimes I notice how she creeps through an open space – fast, as if it’s the shadow from the clouds in a strong wind.