Léonce visits an old family friend

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Unformatted text preview: Lonce visits an old family friend, Dr. Mandelet, seeking advice about Edna. Lonce reveals that she has abandoned her domestic and social duties, become moody, and has stopped having sex with him. Further, Edna is refusing to attend her sister's wedding, asserting that a wedding is a highly regrettable occasion. The doctor concludes that another man is probably the cause, a suspicion he does not share with Lonce. Instead, he advises Lonce to leave Edna alone to work the moodiness out of her system and promises to come to dinner to unobtrusively examine her. In Chapter 5, Chopin notes that "the Creole husband is never jealous; with him the gangrene passion is one which has become dwarfed by disuse." Lonce himself testifies proudly to the doctor that he is "of that old Creole race of Pontelliers that dry up and finally blow away." In his family background are "of that old Creole race of Pontelliers that dry up and finally blow away....
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