was the price of privacy.
Kaysen describes the patients’ loss of freedom
in the chapter “Applied Topography.” Locked in the dehumanizing
world of the hospital ward, the girls are stripped of privacy. The
only private space on the ward is the seclusion room. The nurses
banish the violent or rowdy to seclusion, but Kaysen discovers that
the experience can be something other than punishment. The seclusion
room is the only place where a patient can find reprieve from the
relentless watch of nurses and the oppressive feeling of the wards.
The seclusion offers a brief reprieve from the ward in exchange
for the ability to move around freely.