"he didn't like to have him visible about his house, and sent him away to some private asylum-place"

Mental illness was often considered to represent a weakness of character or a judgment from God, and families commonly hid away insane family members.

Perhaps the most famous literary example of this is the locking up of Mrs. Rochester in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, an incarceration which inspired Jean Rhys' prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea.

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