The novel opens with Léonce Pontellier

The novel opens with Léonce Pontellier...

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The novel opens with Léonce 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. Léonce's wife, Edna Pontellier, and her friend Robert Lebrun  return from their swim in the Gulf of Mexico and join Léonce. 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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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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