Old, empty mansions evoke feelings of loneliness, isolation and even fear. What used to be happy homes for a large number of people have become empty nests. They fearsome or “haunted” as they are dream homes at the same time. They are thus frequent settings for gothic tales and horror movies.
Such old houses were the settings of two short stories: A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The two short stories are about two women who degenerated into complete breakdown while living isolated in huge, dream mansions.
In A Rose