"An asylum"

Although the regime in asylums underwent a great deal of improvement in the first half of the 19th century, the treatment of inmates was still far below modern standards and asylums were still disturbing places.  This is taken from a description of female asylum inmates in 1858:

"It was clear that they retained the instincts of their sex without its clearness. Yet there were some to whom the novelty of a stranger offered no excitement - who sat huddled up by the window, with scowling eyes and dishevelled hair, flesh-and-blood pictures of despair." (source)