One morning we were sitting in the kitchen eating toast with honey.
"What's that?" asked Alice.
"Toast with honey."
"I've never had honey," Alice said.
This was stunning. Who could imagine a life so circumscribed that it excluded honey?
"Never?" I asked.
Georgina passed her a piece. We watched while she ate.
"It tastes like bees," she announced.
"What do you mean?" Lisa asked.
"Sort of furry and tingly - like bees."
I took another bite of my toast. The honey just tasted like honey, something I couldn't remember tasting for the first time.
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.
Made into a movie (1999) starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie and Whoopi Goldberg. Angelina Jolie won as Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lisa). And several other nominations for the movie.