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Because Edna has "abandoned herself to Fate" (as noted in the Chapter 35), she is not surprised  when Robert appears in the garden café, despite its out-of-the-way location. This indifference to  circumstances recalls Mademoiselle Reisz's reaction in Chapter 26 to Edna's news that she was  moving into her own house: "Nothing ever seemed to astonish her very much." Mademoiselle Reisz  has perhaps imparted to Edna some of her knowledge of human nature and the workings of the  world. As Edna has become more independent, taking streetcars and walking alone through the city,  she has learned that "we women learn so little of life on the whole." By striking out on her own, she  has learned much about not only that is new to her, but also how much she never knew — about  herself, men like Arobin, and women like Mademoiselle Reisz. Another parallel between characters in this scene is in Robert's angry accusation that in her pointed 
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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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