The whole place was immaculately clean and the big four posted bed snow white

The whole place was immaculately clean and the big

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The whole place was immaculately clean, and the big, four-posted bed, snow-white, invited one torepose. It stood in a small side room which looked out across a narrow grass plot toward the shed,where there was a disabled boat lying keel upward.Madame Antoine had not gone to mass. Her son Tonie had, but she supposed he would soon be back,and she invited Robert to be seated and wait for him. But he went and sat outside the door and smoked.Madame Antoine busied herself in the large front room preparing dinner. She was boiling mullets over afew red coals in the huge fireplace.Edna, left alone in the little side room, loosened her clothes, removing the greater part of them. Shebathed her face, her neck and arms in the basin that stood between the windows. She took off her shoesand stockings and stretched herself in the very center of the high, white bed. How luxurious it felt torest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets andmattress! She stretched her strong limbs that ached a little. She ran her fingers through her loosened hairfor a while. She looked at her round arms as she held them straight up and rubbed them one after the
11/16/2018The Awakening, by Kate Chopin26/100other, observing closely, as if it were something she saw for the first time, the fine, firm quality andtexture of her flesh. She clasped her hands easily above her head, and it was thus she fell asleep.She slept lightly at first, half awake and drowsily attentive to the things about her. She could hearMadame Antoine's heavy, scraping tread as she walked back and forth on the sanded floor. Somechickens were clucking outside the windows, scratching for bits of gravel in the grass. Later she halfheard the voices of Robert and Tonie talking under the shed. She did not stir. Even her eyelids restednumb and heavily over her sleepy eyes. The voices went on—Tonie's slow, Acadian drawl, Robert'squick, soft, smooth French. She understood French imperfectly unless directly addressed, and thevoices were only part of the other drowsy, muffled sounds lulling her senses.When Edna awoke it was with the conviction that she had slept long and soundly. The voices werehushed under the shed. Madame Antoine's step was no longer to be heard in the adjoining room. Eventhe chickens had gone elsewhere to scratch and cluck. The mosquito bar was drawn over her; the oldwoman had come in while she slept and let down the bar. Edna arose quietly from the bed, and lookingbetween the curtains of the window, she saw by the slanting rays of the sun that the afternoon was faradvanced. Robert was out there under the shed, reclining in the shade against the sloping keel of theoverturned boat. He was reading from a book. Tonie was no longer with him. She wondered what hadbecome of the rest of the party. She peeped out at him two or three times as she stood washing herself inthe little basin between the windows.

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