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Although his intentions are not taken seriously, Edna slowly falls in love with him without noticing. At first, their relationship was innocent. It began with Robert teaching Edna how to swim and thentalking and laughing. As they grew closer, their easy-going relationship and happy conversations ledEdna to “awake from a dream” that has taken a while to awaken from. Edna feels more alive than everbefore, and she begins painting again as she did when she was younger. Edna and Robert, however,never speak of their mutual feelings. In a patriarchal society, Leonce was supposed to claim Edna asher own possession, but after her swimming lessons, Edna begins to be aware of her independence andher sexuality. Slowly Edna becomes unexplainably depressed with her husband and utterly joyful withRobert and in her moments alone. It was not until Robert left to Mexico without her being informeduntil last minute, that she began to change her attitudes and urging for her independence. Robert leftbecause of his forbidden love for Edna and honorably removes himself from Grand Isle. Then, Ednareturns to Southern Louisiana for the winter as a changed woman. There, she pursuits her painting andignores all motherly obligations and social responsibilities. Her first encounter with the change waswhen Leonce asked Edna to stay on Tuesdays’ for the reception day, but instead she left without anyexcuses. Worried about Edna’s constant disobedience and changing attitude, Leonce goes to Mr.Mandelet and asks him for advice. The physician suspects that the reason for the change is becauseEdna is having an affair, but he does not mention this to Leonce. He tells Leonce, however, to let Ednacontinue and to leave her alone; her defiance will soon leave. Thus, Leonce leaves for a business tripand sends their children to their grandmother while Edna is left alone in New Orleans. Edna thendeclares that she is independent by purchasing a small house and declaring that she is no one’spossession. Edna befriends Mademoiselle Reisz, an ill-tempered, rude, and independent pianist andspends time with her to relax with music. Edna is moved by her music playing and visits the womanoften. She also enjoys reading the letters that Robert sends to the woman. Mademoiselle Reisz servesas an inspiration and muse for Edna, who continues with her independence. Mademoiselle is the onlyone that knows about Robert and Edna’s secret love for one another and encourages Edna to admit andact upon her emotions. Edna then pursues an affair with womanizer Alcee Arobin. Never emotionallyattached to Arobin, Edna takes control of their affair and never lets Arobin take possession of her-Satisfying her sexual urges but retaining from male dominance. Unable to stay away for long andconstantly thinking about Edna, Robert returns to New Orleans. Their first encounter was not whatEdna thought it would be. They were jealous and upset with each other, but on the second unexpectedmeeting, Robert returns with Edna to the house and they openly declare their love for one another. He