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2. What is the difference between Robert’s present attentions to Edna and his past attentions to Adéle Ratignolle?3. What is the significance of Edna’s sketching in this chapter?1. What question does Robert pose to Edna after Madame Ratignolle leaves? Why does this question posea problem for Edna?2. How is the sea used symbolically in this chapter?1. How are Edna Pontellier and Adéle Ratignolle contrasted in this chapter?2. How is the road to the beach used symbolically in this chapter?3. How are the lady in black and the two lovers used symbolically in this chapter?
4. How is the flashback to Edna’s childhood used to show the reader how Edna has been repressed and lonely all her life?5. What do you learn about Edna as a person, given the reasons for her marriage to Léonce?6. “She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution.” How does this omniscience of Chopin reveal Edna’s feelings about marriage and intimate relationships?Edna feels dangerous, repressed emotions rise while on the island and grows more passionate.7. How does Edna feel toward her children? What does she realize about herself and her role as a mother?8. How is the theme of “awakening” revealed in this chapter?9. How is the symbolism of the unknown “lovers” used in this chapter?1. Why does Adéle tell Robert to leave Edna alone? Why is he annoyed by this?