The day after the kiss, Edna hurries to gather her things to move out of the house she shares with Léonce into the "pigeon house" she has rented, so called because of its small size. Arobin arrives and helps with the preparations, then Edna sends him away, insisting that he wait to see her until the next day's dinner party.After Edna has kissed Arobin, she feels a greater impetus to remove herself from the surroundings provided and dominated by Léonce. She feverishly packs, like "one who has entered . . . some forbidden temple in which a thousand muffled voices bade her begone." The reference to a temple invokes the image of a church, and recalls the morning after her desire first stirred for Robert, when she could not sit through the church service but had to flee the church's oppressive air. Further, by ostensibly leaving Lé
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