illustration by Jensine Eckwall

For “wellness,” naturally, is no cause for complaint — people relish it, they enjoy it, they are at the furthest pole from complaint. People complain of feeling ill — not well. Unless, as George Eliot does, they have some intimation of “wrongness,” or danger, either through knowledge or association, or the very excess of excess. Thus, though a patient will scarcely complain of being “very well,” they may become suspicious if they feel “too