“Health we must have; and health is proportion; so that when a man comes into your room and says he is Christ (a common delusion), and has a message, as they mostly have, and threatens, as they often do, to kill himself, you invoke proportion; order rest in bed; rest in solitude; silence and rest; rest without friends, without books, without messages; six months’ rest; until a man who went in weighing seven stone six comes out weighing twelve.”
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1925. Print. 99
The doctor believes so much in his treatment for mentally ill individuals that people fear him and he is left to do his work without question. Septimus believes that the doctor will take away his soul and in some sense he might have, if he went to the asylum. Laying in bed for six months would have changed Septimus and he did not want to change or for his emotions to be stunted. He did not want to turn into a complacent person without any emotions. He wanted to be fully human and to feel his emotions fully.