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Unformatted text preview: In Chapter 23, Edna sketches out her perfect scene of two lovers in a boat disappearing in the night — a scene without end or resolution. This chapter reveals Edna has the same focus on process over goal with regard to her art: "being devoid of ambition, and striving not toward accomplishment, she drew satisfaction from the work in itself." Her inability to work when the weather is less than sunny prevents her from becoming a great artist. She is far more interested in doing what feels good rather than producing something of worth, an attitude that dominates her life and underlies her imminent affair with Arobin. Edna is primed for a meaningless tryst after her success at the racetrack. Intoxicated by the excitement and adrenaline, she "wanted something to happen — something, anything, she did not know what." She is not explicitly interested in having an affair with anyone other than Robert; Arobin know what....
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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.
- Fall '08