The Awakening (Chapter 9)

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Ivan Ivanov The Awakening (Chapter 9) Mademoiselle Reisz is unlike any of the high-society wives on the island, and she exists as a kind of warning to Edna and her counterparts. Unlike the other women, Mademoiselle Reisz has never married and lives alone, pursuing her musical interests. However, the price she pays for such independence is social isolation and a reputation for eccentricity. There is no middle ground: Mademoiselle Reisz can ignore social constraints only by completely thwarting them, driving people
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Unformatted text preview: away from her, and living at the outskirts of social respectability. However, when she plays the piano, she unleashes such emotions that Edna cries. Edna cries for a number of reasons: because she is a bundle of new, confusing, and intense emotions that she does not yet know what to do with, because she feels the first stirrings of her own artistic temperament, and because she is ready for the first time to completely open herself to the sensations of the outside world....
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