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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?4.What is her feeling when she returns to the pigeon house?Chapter XXXIIIImprudentirresoluterepose1.What warning does Adèle give to Edna when she visits her at the pigeon house? What is Edna’s attitude?2.What request does Adèle make of Edna?3.Why is Edna upset when she sees Robert a Mlle 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?6.Later, during dinner the pigeon house, what does Edna learn is the reason for Robert’s return? How does she feel?7.What is the feeling between them at the end of this chapter?
Chapter XXXIVAcquiescedpatois1.How do Edna and Robert act during dinner?2.How does Robert’s tobacco pouch, add to the tension?3.How does Arobin act when he drops by the cottage to give Edna a message from Mrs. Merriman?4.What is Robert’s reaction?5.Why does Robert mention Mr. Pontellier before he leaves?6.How do Edna and Arobin act after he leaves?7.What verbal exchange takes place before Arobin leaves?8.After Arobin leaves, what are her thoughts about her reunion with Robert?Chapter XXXVDespondencyinsurmountablelatentrecapitulatedTorpidtorrid1.How does Edna feel the next morning?2.How does Chopin use a clothing image to represent Edna’s feeling of freedom?3.What three letters does Edna receive that morning?4.What happens in Edna’s relationships with Robert and Arobin?5.What would have been the effect of the following comment on 1899 about Arobin: “he had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature’s requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom”?Chapter XXXVIDissipationsubterfuges
1.How is the garden in the suburbs used as a symbol in this chapter?2.During her encounter with Robert, what does Edna realize is true about his feelings for her? Why do you think this presents a problem for him?3.In what way is the new Edna much more unconventional than Robert?4.What is ironic about Edna’s insistence on leaving when she gets the message fromAdèle?5.How is her response and example of irony?Chapter XXXVIIInconsolable