When Léonce receives Edna

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When Léonce receives Edna's letter telling him of her plans to move into her own little house, he is  concerned about how this move might look to his current and prospective clients. Feeling that they'll  think he can't afford the large house, he contracts long-distance with architects and workers to  renovate his mansion, and places a notice in the paper announcing the renovations and also the  Pontelliers' intention to spend the summer abroad while work is completed. He never considers that  Edna might have left him, not merely the house. Meanwhile, Edna makes the little pigeon house her  own home. She then spends a week with her children and mother-in-law in the country. Edna relishes her time  with the boys and leaves them with a great regret, which disappears by the time she reaches New  Orleans where she feels once again freed by the solitude and simplicity of her new life. How ironic that this chapter opens with Léonce's strong objections to Edna's moving when the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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