|First appearance||Chapter 1 (Alice: Madness Returns)|
|Game|| American McGee's Alice|
Alice: Madness Returns
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American McGee's Alice and the Storybook Edit
Alice was admitted to Rutledge on November 4, 1864, after staying a year in Littlemore Infirmary to have her burns treated, which were caused by the fire that burnt down her home and killed her family. The loss of her family has caused severe mental trauma, and she was placed into Rutledge when her behavior became volatile, and she was deemed a danger to herself and everyone around her.
At the asylum, Alice was mostly in a catatonic, bedridden state, and was unresponsive to most treatments and actions, from noises and lights, to electro-shock therapy. However, she would also experience fits of violence, such as screaming, being extremely dissociated from reality, and attacking the nurses and orderlies. These would result in Alice being placed in restraints. However, she did have some lucid moments, talking and drawing pictures, although these moments were few and far between.
After a decade, Alice was released from Rutledge, supposedly making a recovery from her insanity. However, she still suffered from bouts of madness caused by the memories of her family's deaths. Pris Witless got her a job at Dr. Angus Bumby's Houndsditch Home for Wayward Youth, where he continued to "treat" her by making her forget about her past through hypnosis.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
A year later, though Alice does not physically return to Rutledge, she suffered from a hallucination of being back in the asylum. She staggered around the corridors in a straightjacket, trepanned, remembering various treatments the asylum performed on patients, before seeing visions of people she knew talking about her returning to Rutledge, due to her behavior becoming unstable again. Afterwards, Alice is back on the streets of London, illustrating that it was just a simple hallucination.
Rutledge is described as a miserable place, as typical Victorian mental asylums were. The doctors here used various types of treatments on their patients (including pre-scientific medicinal treatments) such as medication, leeches, electro-shock therapy, and trepanning.
The name Rutledge is a surname and place name, and means "red pool" (from the old Anglican words "redd," meaning red, and "loec" - later "lache" - meaning a stream, or a pool in boggy land.) While seeming disconnected to a place of insanity, some of the treatments performed here - such as bloodletting, and trepanning - would have resulted in people losing a lot of blood. The blood could easily be seen as "pools of red," meaning that Rutledge is a place where blood flows.
Known residents Edit
- Alice Liddell (former patient)
- Dr. Heironymous Q. Wilson
- Nurse Cratchet
- Nurse D-
- Pris Witless
- The asylum is meant to be represented by Hatter's Domain in Wonderland as well as the anguish that surrounds it.
- In Madness Returns, it is unclear how much of this hallucination is based on reality: although Alice did experience many forms of treatment at Rutledge. There are signs of blood on the walls and people floating, which probably hadn't really happened as well. It is possible that Alice remembers Rutledge (or a least some of it) worse than it actually was. Another interpretation is that this hallucination is not a memory of Alice's actual past experience in Rutledge but rather her fears of what would happen to her and what treatments she would endure if she was forced to return.