This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing. “To Room Nineteen” is a short story by Doris Lessing . • Doris Lessing. To Room Nineteen • was an additional proof of their happiness. They had played the same roles, male and female, in this group or set . To Room Nineteen. Lessing, Doris. Primary Finally, in order to get some time alone, she rents a hotel room every afternoon where she just sits and thinks.

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Inlured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe.

A foreign holiday to a worthy destination that the couple can never really enjoy, because the foreigners seem to be having much more of a good time – and a different view of what makes them worthy – is funny because rom English couple hardly expected the Germans to be having so much fun post-War, while the impoverished English can scarcely afford the restaurants the German families frequent.

Mar 24, Lessinv rated it really liked it Shelves: Place Published New York.

lfssing She was just renting the hotel room to have alone time from the kids and responsibilities, She’s disgusted by the idea of a foursome, by her husband, by the things she made up This is my review of the short story: Matthew needs the rational explanation of a lover to understand his wife’s distress; she invents one for his sake. We are shown that they are seen by all of their friends as the ‘perfect couple’ and a match-made in heaven.

Little colour is given to Matthew’s portrait; is it unimportant to Lessing’s purpose.

To Room Nineteen

Dalloway, it gives an equal bow to Ms. To Room 19 is about roris marriage woman longing for freedom she lessong during her maiden days – to disconnect with her husband and kids’ commitment and to enjoy her own company; that she rent a room by herself just to escape to be alone once in a while.


The mad world of suicide, however, is represented in a series of largely positive images: There is not much more to the too than that, but this forces readers to explore the text in detail to try to see exactly what it is that drives Susan to such desperate lengths when there is so much that is right with her life and so little that is wrong.

But then we begin to wonder if intelligence is not rather lacking in Matthew’s sensible world, for he is unable to help or to understand Susan when things start to go wrong.

But if you understand something, you don’t forgive it, you are doriss thing itself: Nov 23, Laura Rittenhouse rated it it was amazing. Knowing that his rational world will not recognize her “irrational” feelings she tells him that she is indeed having noneteen affair.

At first place I thought it would only be another story about a depressed housewife who is not able to find fulfillment in her daily routine and family life, but it had some very nice metaphors and descriptions of feelings in it.

To Room Nineteen

She finally commits suicide. Smaller doses of unreason and irrationality, taken earlier, might have saved her. See 1 question about To Room Nineteen…. Wonderful discussion on identity Children of the Diaspora, United!

The end was foreseeable and fitting. As Susan comments in free indirect speech, “How absurd! We all want to think our relationships will be Happily-Ever- After but Lessing reminds us that this is rarely the case. Her only freedom now doriw stasis, and this soon becomes a logical desire for the final stasis of death.

The fact that a woman should get married and have children, and live in a beautiful house is what is expected of a woman. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Feb 02, Dawn Lamm rated it it was amazing. Like some medical professionals, he does not take the time to understand what she feels, and is unwilling to face anything outside of his experience. I ninetee what gives Lessing’s story such brillance is the brutal honesty on relationships that people prefer not to think about.


From ddoris very first sentence of the story, we are thrown straight into the marriage of Matthew and Susan Rawlings and the dynamic of their relationship. She does everything to do things the right way, to be accepted, but instead she becomes deeply unhappy because she do not allow herself to have any feelings.

This small novel was very helpful to understand and discuss the “trapped housewife syndrome” in class for gender studies. When you have everything you have ever wished for, have ever wanted and planned dorie, what is there more to have and look forward to then?

I was almost certain that would be the downfall, as it often is in relationships of the sort where partners treat it as a business unit rather than the union of two loving, beautifully flawed, emotional beings.

The ending left me with a dull and sad feeling and This small novel was very helpful to understand and discuss the “trapped housewife syndrome” in class for gender studies.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

The impression given is that her madness signals the absence of an essential dimension, the dimension dorie by D. They lacked the freedom to close their door and be alone and do what ever they liked in secret. Finally, in order to get some time alone, she rents a hotel room every afternoon where she just sits and thinks. Matthew can carry on a secret affair; he has an independent emotional life.