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Massachusetts
New England (highlighted in red)
GNU Free Documentation LicenseNew England (highlighted in red) - Credit: Cholmes75, Wikimedia Commons
Boston Public Garden
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Esther Greenwood is from New England. References in the text indicate that her suburban home is within easy travelling distance of Boston, Massachusetts.

New England is situated in the northeastern corner of the U.S.A., and consists of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

There are numerous references to landmarks within Boston and the surrounding area: Boston Common; Boston Public Garden; Filene's Department Store, Beacon Hill (a residential area of Boston) and Deer Island Prison which is situated near to Point Shirley ('The Point'), situated at the southern tip of the town of Winthrop.

 

 

Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Creative Commons AttributionHarvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts - Credit: Allie_Caulfield, Flickr

Whilst a patient at the psychiatric hospital, Esther Greenwood is able to visit Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Point Shirley, Winthrop, U.S.A.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePoint Shirley, Winthrop, U.S.A. - Credit: Doc Searls, Flickr