The Ball and the Cross - Chapter 17: The Idiot Summary & Analysis

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Both men, having just woken from their dreams, meet each other in the garden and shake hands for the first time. As they speak to one another, Dr. Quayle comes into the garden and informs the men that they are to be placed into cells in the asylum. They demand to meet the head of the asylum, and so the doctor takes them to him. They plead their case against their imprisonment, but their pleas are met with silence.

MacIan and Turnbull are taken to cells B and C. The cells are an oblong shape and covered in white tiles and secured by heavy doors. The only openings in the walls are to permit air, water, and food. Turnbull is driven to temporary madness by the shape of the cell, which has three flat walls, and then two additional walls that meet...

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