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Unformatted text preview: While she does not seek to become a great artist, focusing instead on the satisfaction she feels in the process of creation itself, she is devoted to spending her time as her own person rather than as a possession or employee of Léonce. She persists in her art despite Léonce's criticism and Mademoiselle Reisz's friendly but authentic derision. Mademoiselle Reisz warns her about the fate of those who seek to "soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice" but who lack the fortitude to maintain flight. Relating her words to Arobin later, Edna remarks "I'm not thinking of any extraordinary flights." This response indicates Edna's utter lack of ambition and foresight; distracted by thoughts of Robert, she does not heed the warning. Meanwhile, her focus on process over result almost allows her to have the best of both worlds: the freedom of Mademoiselle Reisz with the...
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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.
- Fall '08