Comments for Gregory III
Gregory is a straight-jacketed child living in an unnamed asylum somewhere. His introduction from the distant future implies that someday he's reformed enough to go back to mainstream society and make quite a living for himself but however or whenever that happens isn't revealed in this slim volume. Gregory has rats and bugs for friends (they live in his pants) and a demented imagination.
What Gregory III reminds me of most is The Snake Pit by Mary Jane Ward. I'm reminded of it because of the introduction. In both stories the only setting is institution but both are told from sometime beyond the protagonists' stay. Hempel's bold use of line and black and white visually brings to mind the German classic expressionist film, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920).