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The novel opens with Léonce Pontellier

The novel opens with Léonce Pontellier...

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The novel opens with L é once Pontellier, a vacationer on Grand Isle (which is just off the coast of  New Orleans), reading a newspaper and surveying his surroundings. He is annoyed by a caged  parrot loudly repeating its stock phrases, and so leaves the main building of the  pension  (boardinghouse) for his own cottage. L é once's wife, Edna Pontellier, and her friend Robert Lebrun  return from their swim in the Gulf of Mexico and join L é once. He soon departs for billiards and  socializing at the nearby Klein's hotel. Already Chopin establishes some key symbolism in the novel: Edna is the green-and-yellow parrot  telling everyone to "go away, for God's sake." Unable to leave the cage, the parrot must ask  everyone to leave when it would prefer to simply fly away.
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