Unformatted text preview: Léonce visits an old family friend, Dr. Mandelet, seeking advice about Edna. Léonce 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 Léonce. Instead, he advises Léonce 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." Léonce 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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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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