As Edna and Robert continue chatting on the porch of the Pontelliers

As Edna and Robert continue chatting on the porch of the Pontelliers

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Unformatted text preview: As Edna and Robert continue chatting on the porch of the Pontelliers' cottage, they reveal more of their backgrounds and personalities. Robert has long had youthful intentions of going to Mexico to seek his fortune but has yet to follow through and so remains at his modest job in his native New Orleans. Edna speaks of her family and their homes in Mississippi and Kentucky. Then, while Edna gets ready for dinner, Robert plays with her two young boys. Edna's physical description seems to provide insight into her character: "Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features." Contradiction and frankness underlie her imminent rejection of the society that she comes to feel is imprisoning her. Chopin describes Edna with the potent phrase "She was an American woman" an identity that...
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