He Found an Entire House in his Attic on Messy Nessy Chic:
The unsettling discovery brings to mind strange and dark history of “Disappointment rooms”. The term was attributed to what was until fairly recently, a tragically common practice for keeping family members (usually children) suffering from mental or physical disabilities out of sight from the public eye. Until well into the 20th century in the United States and England, a Disappointments room might have been found in the attic or top floor of a house, cruelly depriving a family member of special care, dignity and respect, while the rest of the household continued to live freely under the delusion that the arrangement was for the good of society and the unwell. Amongst elite society, these rooms became one of the world’s best kept secrets.
Such instances of abuse have spawned numerous works of fiction that weave the very real mistreatment of the mentally ill with fanciful tales of haunted houses, most famously in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre….
As for our house within the attic on Reddit, the true scenario is hopefully far less sinister.
Reminds me of a friend’s old house that I visited when I was 10 or so years old. The house dated back to the 19th or maybe even the 18th century. He lived on the third or fourth floor, a very small level with enough space for a medium-sized bedroom and narrow walkway separated from a vast stairwell by a rickety, low handrail.
If you crawled through a small door in his closet you reached a vast, dark enclosed space over the smaller, original house’s tar roof. It was FANTASTIC!
He also had a large, elaborate collection of GI Joes that his parents had bought for him. We threw parachute GI Joe off the roof of the house; he landed in the snow and my friend put him in the dryer, which did not end well for Joe (or probably the dryer too, though I don’t remember).