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Bodyscape: Isolation, Health, and the Woman’s Voice

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of returning home. She has heard tales of patients being released from the sanatorium

and returning home only to be “treated like a walking plague.”

News of Eddy's imminent release only heightens Lorraine's sense of isolation.

When talking to herself, she hints that she could be pregnant. Lorraine feels a baby is

safe from TB as long as it is inside her, isolated within her womb. Thus, the womb is

presented as isolation and safety for the baby. But for Lorraine, the safety her baby

enjoys while inside her womb highlights her own isolation. While a baby could be

symbolic of regeneration and hope for the future, Lorraine will not witness that future.

She resolves never to hold the baby when it is born. Lorraine would rather it be put

directly into the preventorium.

Lorraine's perception of her own battle with tuberculosis and the road to

recovery is the source of the title of the play. When told she'll soon be “on the mend”

she explores the term mending, saying it “sounds like a pair of old socks, or old crocks,

ha, that's what we are, old crocks someone's left on the shelf.” Thus the image moves

from mere isolation to abandonment. Eddy has left her. The only way he’ll return is if

his TB relapses. She is pregnant, but wants nothing to do with the baby, lest she infect

it. “Chasing cure” is not curing her, so she faces painful surgery. Even if she recovers

from surgery and heals enough to be released, she has no guarantee that she will be

accepted back into her family home. Lorraine is sick, alone and left with little hope.

Lorraine does offer an opinion that TB could be better fought/prevented if socio-

economic factors were addressed as well as medical factors. Again this brings the

discussion back to Gilligan’s relational approach to care and how it differs from the

patriarchal, divisive approach. Eddy comments that, when it comes to TB, “Anyone

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