4.How is the flashback to Edna’s childhood used to show the reader how Edna has been repressed and lonely all herlife? 5.What do you learn about Edna as a person, given the reasons for her marriage to Léonce? 6.“She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution.” How does this omniscience of Chopin reveal Edna’s feelings about marriage and intimate relationships? 7.How does Edna feel toward her children? What does she realize about herself and her role as a mother? 8.How is the theme of “awakening” revealed in this chapter? 9.How is the symbolism of the unknown “lovers” used in this chapter? Chapter VIII1.Why does Adéle tell Robert to leave Edna alone? Why is he annoyed by this? 2.How is the sound of the sewing machine (different from previous sounds) used in this chapter to reflect mood? Chapter IX1.How is the sound of the parrot used in this chapter? Can you see any significance to the words the parrot says, particularly in relationship to the turmoil developing in Edna Pontellier? 2.Who is Mademoiselle Reisz? How is she a contrast to Edna Pontellier? 3.In the past, what image has been evoked in Edna’s mind by a certain musical passage? How is this a contrast to Edna’s life up to this point? 4.What is Edna’s response to the music of Mademoiselle Reisz? How is this related to the “awakening” theme in thenovel? Chapter X1.What realization does Edna come to as she walks to the water with her husband by her side? 2.How are images of sound and smell used as a backdrop to this scene? 3.How does Edna respond to swimming successfully for the first time? What happens that can be considered symbolism or foreshadowing? 4.What is the significance of “the spirits of the twenty-eighth of August”? Chapter XI1.How is the theme of rebellion against marriage shown in Edna’s behavior when her husband returns? How does this rebellion end? Chapter XII1.Edna goes to the Chêniére for mass. How are the “lovers” used here? 2.What does Edna do that she has never done before? What phrases are repeated? 3.What is Robert’s reaction? In what position does this put Edna as far as her relationship with Robert is concerned?4.How does Edna feel as she and Robert sail to the Chêniére Caminada? 5.Who are the people aboard the ship in addition to Robert and Edna? Briefly explain the significance of these people.6.What is the significance of the plans Robert says he has for the future? What is Edna’s response?