CHAPTER IX Vocabulary capricious – whimsical demure – modest, reserved effulgence – a radiance imperious – overbearing impetuous – done without forethought or preparation keen – deeply penetrating mystic – inspiring a sense of mystery and wonder plaintive – sad prevailed – persuaded tempered – modified weazened – shriveled 1. How is the sound of the parrot used in this chapter? Can you see any significance to thewords 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 the novel? CHAPTER X Vocabularyexalted – held in high esteem and worthy of great praise flippancy – lack of seriousness listlessly – without life malicious – with the intent of doing harm pathos – sadness supercilious – proud ungovernable – uncontrollable voluptuous – full of pleasure1. What realization does Edna come to as she walks to the water with her husband by herside? 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”?