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Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly was the pen name of pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg (Bly completed the trip in seventy-two days), and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. In addition to her writing, she was also an industrialist and charity worker. Bly died of pneumonia at St. Mark's Hospital in New York City in 1922 aged 57.




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Mrs. Caine woke up, looked around, frightened, and listened. She then went out and into the next room, and I heard her asking another woman some questions. When she came back she told me that the woman had had a hideous nightmare. She had been dreaming of me. She had seen me, she said, rushing at her with a knife in my hand, with the intention of killing her. In trying to escape me she had fortunately been able to scream, and so to awaken herself and scare off her nightmare. Then Mrs. Caine got into bed again, considerably agitated, but very sleepy.
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Let me introduce a few. Louise, the pretty German girl whom I have spoken of formerly as being sick with fever, had the delusion that the spirits of her dead parents were with her. “I have gotten many beatings from Miss Grady and her assistants,” she said, “and I am unable to eat the horrible food they give us. I ought not to be compelled to freeze for want of proper clothing. Oh! I pray nightly that I may be taken to my papa and mamma.
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What a mysterious thing madness is. I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence. They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there, but that something, which the body can live without, but which cannot exist without the body, was missing. I have wondered if behind those sealed lips there were dreams we ken not of, or if all was blank


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Wow, es innegable el valor de la autora y protagonista de ésta cronica sobre sus vivencias dentro de una institución para desequilibradas mentales. Bueno, eso cree uno al principio pero conforme la autora nos va relatando nos damos cuenta de que cualquier mujer en estado vulnerable sin ser enferma mental podía llegar a parar a este lugar. El grado de abuso y negligencia por parte de quienes decidían qué mujeres ingresaban al manicomio era horroroso. Sin hablar del trato y las condiciones inhumanas en las qué vivían las mujeres en este lugar. Por otra parte Nellie nos deja ver que el buen periodismo es sumergirse en persona en las entrañas muchas veces putrefactas de las situaciones que se quieren conocer para dar testimonio real de lo que le aqueja a la sociedad. Desconozco si hay más obra de este tipo de Nellie. Si ustedes saben, háganmelo saber.

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