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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Esther and Jacob Blau drive their sixteen-year-old daughter Deborah to a mental hospital for treatment after a failed suicide attempt Deborah suffering from schizophrenia retreats into a world of her own making the Kingdom of Yr when the real world proves too frightening and confusing Deborah is pleased to see that there are bars on the hospitals windows but her parents cringe when they hear a high scream inside Jacob and Esther decide to tell Deborahs younger sister Suzy and Esthers parents that Deborah is at a convalescent school Meanwhile Dr Fried contemplates taking on Deborahs case despite her busy schedule She loves working with patients because they can examine sanity in a way that sane people cannot As she muses that the world outside is often sicker than the world inside a mental hospital she recalls treating a patient named Tilda in Nazi Germany In Yr Deborah named herself Januce She accidentally wrote this name on one of her school papers a grave mistake because it revealed a clue of Yrs existence in the Earth world Afterwards Yr created the Censor to guard its secrets from Earth During her first session Deborah accuses Fried of wishing to make her friendly and sweet and agreeable and happy with telling lies Fried explains that she does not think that Deborahs complaints of illness are lies She believes that Deborah is indeed sick but not physically She promises that hard work and good treatment can make her well Esther and Jacob feel as if they failed their daughter in some way When Esther writes to request a visit Deborah tells Fried that she will see her mother but not her father because she fears that he might take her from the hospital out of misguided pity and love Jacob is hurt and angry to learn of Deborahs refusal to see him Suzy although
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