A young man is traveling through France and decides to stop at a private asylum for a tour. He is excited to see the methods in action of this particular facility -- the so-called "system of soothing". This is a method where the inmates are given free reign and are indulged and even encouraged in their lunacies. He is a bit disappointed when he finds that the facility's method has been recently changed but is curious nevertheless. The director offers to give him a tour after dinner but the young man becomes suspicious during dinner that he may already be on the tour as the other people at the table are a bit odd. He eventually finds out that he doesn't even know the half of it.
This was a great story to wrap up my journey with Poe. It was funny with a good dose of crazy. So, be sure and leave a comment and let me know what Poe you chose to read this week! Next week will have a summary post with links to all of the readings in case you are curious about anything we read.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe,