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and excited a good deal of notice during their perambulations." (72-73) This description shows how Edna's father still holds the social standing and appearance of a colonel despite his retired status. Furthermore, it exhibits his traditional mindset and ingrained male gender role. "Monsieur and Madame Ratignolle made much of the Colonel, installing him as the guest of honor and engaging him at once to dine with them the following Sunday, or any day which he might select." (73) This shows how Adele treats Edna's father with the utmost respect. She predictably followed the female gender role to entertain the men of society. Edna "marvels" (73) at this as she doesn't "comprehend" (73) how to behave like this. She has strayed so far from the traditional female role that this behavior is surprising to her. The difference between Adele flirting with Edna's father and Edna's flirtation with Robert is that Adele has no real meaning behind her flirtation. She is so devoted to her husband that having another intimate relationship is unthinkable. However, Edna's love for Robert is genuine, and she wants an intimate relationship with him. Edna and her father have a common interest in music. Also, they have a common interest in horse racing.
6.Of what two vices is Edna’s father the apparent victim?7. What observations does Doctor Mandelet make when he comes to the Pontellier hometo meet Edna’s father and to observe her?8.What is significant about the story the Doctor tells after dinner?9. What is the doctor’s reaction to the evening and to Edna’s story? How is this anexample of foreshadowing?S-22and outgoing. However, the Doctor also "noted a subtle change which had transformed her from the listless woman he had known into a being who, for the moment, seemed palpitant with the forces of life."(75) This demonstrates how the Doctor is able to pick up on Edna's awakening. "He told the old, ever new and curious story of the waning of a woman’s love, seeking strange, new channels, only to return to its legitimate source after days of fierce unrest."(75) This story is significant because it symbolizes Edna's awakening and rebellious streak. However, it ends with her returning to her old female gender role which seems unlikely to happen given Edna's current frame of mind. The Doctor wants no part in Edna's new awakening as "he did not want the secrets of other lives thrust upon him."(76) Furthermore, the Doctor states “I hope it isn’t Arobin,”(76) which foreshadows Edna's affair with Alcee. Edna's father gets very drunk and is generally unpleasant toward others. He often commands the center of attention and speaks his mind.