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Yet she is, in a sense, not utterly defeated. She had renewed her life by giving rein to her childlike  desires to always have her way despite the wants and needs of others. Now she regresses even  further, feeling "like some new-born creature, opening its eyes" while standing naked on the beach  — naked as newborns arrive. Further, her final thoughts are those of her early childhood. Again, she  remembers the seemingly never-ending meadows of which the sea reminds her, recalling her  revelation to Madame Ratignolle in Chapter 7 that "sometimes I feel this summer as if I were walking  through the green meadow again; idly, aimlessly, unthinking and unguided." That description also fits  her behavior since she returned to New Orleans and began to rebel against her marriage and  motherhood, growing into an understanding of her true self. In the midst of this return to childhood on the beach is her mature understanding of the nature of her 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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