Unformatted text preview: anyone else or how the situations she creates will resolve themselves. For example, when arranging to rent her own little house, she does not seem to be conscious of the fact that she is leaving her husband, thinking only that when Léonce returned there "would have to be an understanding, an explanation. Conditions would some way adjust themselves." Only at the end of the novel, at Madame Ratignolle's dramatic insistence, does she consider the effect of her actions on her sons. Overall, Edna's spirit is strong enough to begin a rebellion but too weak to maintain it, although some readers have interpreted her suicide as a triumphant escape from those personal and social forces that she perceived as enslaving her....
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