September 22nd, 2010

casey28 city bird

What Does The Inside Of An 18th Century Mental Asylum Look Like?

Hello, it's me again, the author of THE STORY THAT WILL NOT DIE.  All of the information I have gotten here has been absolutely invaluable.

Let me be more specific.  I have a pretty good idea what the areas where "the lunatics" are kept look like, but what about the entrance?  The corridors?  This is a large country estate by the ocean that has been sold and converted into a private madhouse, as was occasionally the custom in those days.   It is an enormous building, with two wings, three stories high, and what was once an imposing entrance in front of an entry garden (sorry, can't think of a better term).  I'm guessing the inside of the house would have been extensively remodeled.   I'm thinking something along the lines of the Chateau D'if, but nicer.

I've gone to Google images  "inside of a madhouse", "18th century madhouse interior".  On ask. com, "What does the inside of an 18th century madhouse look like?" and "18th century madhouse interior".   The only thing this has netted me is Nelly Bly's  "Ten Days Inside A Madhouse." All of the "crazy people" there are women, and eat in communal dining rooms.  I don't want anything communal unless it was the common thing in those days.  

ETA: THANK YOU!  Great stuff as always!
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Corporate Layoff Procedure

So, a potentially painful question:

Who out there has been laid off from a low-level corporate job - secretary, data entry, clerk, help desk, etc. - during a faceless mass-firing? I mean one of those ones where a third or more of the office staff walks in and gets the no-warning heave, with no severance except security guards waiting to escort folks from the premises effective immediately.

If you've been "downsized" in one of these acts of corporate cruelty, how was it handled? Email? Notes? Shame-faced lower managers dealing out the dirty work? How did the security guards behave? How would/ did they act if/ when someone begged, blew up, or broke down crying? Where were the managers and high bosses? How did they behave? And what were the excuses offered for the mass termination?

I'm open to folks who've survived this sort of event as well, but I'd really like to know how the company handled the people most effected.

In the story I'm writing, the main character is "downsized" in one of those "Oh, gee - sorry about your rent, but the stockholders want results" events. I'd like, when presenting this crisis to be as accurate and effective as possible, as the layoff sparks the rest of the tale. 

Sorry about dredging up old memories... or worse, not-so-old ones.

Thanks in advance, and may these bastards burn in whatever passes for Corporate America Hell! 

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