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1. This is the shortest chapter in the book, less than one page. How does Chopin present the consummation of Edna and Alcée’s relationship? After the passionate kiss with Alcée, what does Edna realize about herself?1. What does Edna do in order to carry out her plan to leave Léonce?2. When Alcée visits her that afternoon, how is Edna very much in command of the situation?1. Who are the guests who attend the dinner?2. List the guests who do not appear and the reason they do not attend.Judge her3. Describe the setting for the dinner, the table, the furnishings, and the overall atmosphere. What does this tell the reader about Edna’s decision to leave? “luxries4. How is Edna dressed, and how does she look?5. How does Edna feel during the evening?
6. How are sensory images of sound and smell used?1. What are Edna’s dual feelings as she and Alcée clean up after everyone leaves?2. What is the pigeon house?3. How does Edna feel when she enters the pigeon house with Alcée?4. In what ways has Alcée invaded Edna’s personal space?1. What incidents show Léonce’s concern with appearances? What steps does he take to avoid scandal?2. How does Edna feel in her new home?3. How does Edna react to her visit with her children?1. What warning does Adéle give to Edna when she visits her at the pigeon house? What is Edna’s attitude?2. What request does Adéle make of Edna?3. Why is Edna upset when she sees Robert at Mademoiselle Reisz’s apartment?4. How does Robert act during this meeting?5. What excuse does he give for not writing to Edna during his absence? Why do you think he says this?