Léonce's materialism and devotion to convention are highlighted in this chapter. When Chopin indicates that Léonce "greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his," the implication is that Edna, too, is valued for that same reason rather than for her own qualities. He warns Edna that abandoning her callers on her reception day is potentially damaging to his business and by extension, their lifestyle, explaining that "it's just such seeming trifles that we've got to take seriously; such things count." His goals are strictly financial and superficial; he wants to "keep up with the procession" that is the upper-class life. Edna's priorities are no longer compatible with Léonce's — perhaps she never shared his goals but never felt strongly enough to assert her opinions through her actions.
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