2.―She has abandoned her Tuesdays at home, has thrown over all her acquaintances, and goes tramping about by herself, moping in the street-cars, getting in after dark. I tell you she’s peculiar. I don’t like it;‖ Mr. Pontellier (Chapter 22) This quote is ironic because Mr. Pontellier is worried because Edna is not acting the way a woman in his mind should act. She is doing things that are out of the ordinary for women but are common activities done by men. This quote demonstrates the gender roles held by people in society in the early twentieth century. 3."She looked into the distance, and the old terror flamed up for an instant, then sank again." Narrator (Chapter 39) This quote is from the very last scene of the novel when Edna is committing suicide by walking into the ocean. She thinks back to all the hardships she has had in her life including her inability to be with the man she truly loved and how she always felt like an outsider in Creole society. But at that moment all of her worries ceased to matter and she felt an overwhelming peacefulness. 4."Every step she took toward relieving herself of obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual." Narrator (Chapter 32) Edna begins to realize the more she shies away from her duties to society, the happier she is. This is part of Edna's awakening and her understanding that she is not going to fit in with the society she is living in. This understanding leads Edna to do the things she wants to do and the things that will make her happy because she knows trying to fit into this Creole society is futile. 5."The Doctor would have liked during the course of conversation to ask, "Is there any man in the case?" but he knew his Creole too well to make such a blunder as that." Narrator (Chapter 22) This quote is ironic because in this Creole society, infidelity is unheard of and never a possibility. But because Edna is not a true Creole and because she felt unhappy and repressed in her life, she did not abide by this rule. The thought of Edna being with another man did not cross Leonce's mind but Edna was in love with Robert and being with him made her happy. 6.―She is not one of us; she is not like us. She might make the unfortunate blunder of taking you seriously.‖ –Adele Ratignolle, chapter VIII This quotation is important because it is the first time that Adele is consciously voicing the fact that Edna is not a Creole and therefore not like the rest of the people at Grand Isle. The fact that Robert’s casual flirtation is not taken seriously among the
Creoles is telling of the difference between Creoles and other classes. This quotation is also greatly significant in the context of the rest of the novel because it is the first time that Robert consciously entertains the idea of having an affair with Edna.