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the night.” The sea is a symbol for Edna’s awakening from her present life to a different existence. The sea is a little louder than it has ever been before. 10. How does the gift Edna receives from her husband symbolize her marriage and most marriages of this time? The gifts look good and taste good, but they are trivial and quickly gone. Most marriages at this time, like the Pontelliers’, look good on the outside but do not necessarily have much depth or substance. CHAPTER IV 11. Describe the unusual nature of the relationship between Edna and her children. There is no outward display of affection. She “was not a mother/woman.” The children take care of themselves with some help from a nurse. 12. What satiric comment does the narrator make concerning “mother-woman”? Cite specific words that reveal the satiric nature of these comments. “They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” The author also uses words such as fluttering, protecting, and precious brood in order to reveal the satirical nature of the comment. 13. Who is Adéle Ratignolle, and how is she the embodiment of the “mother-woman”? She is an acquaintance of Edna’s, and they spend time together sewing and visiting. She is seen as Edna’s foil due to the fact that she is openly affectionate with her children, showering both her children and her husband with total love. She has three children and is planning for a fourth. 14. How does the fact that Edna is not a Creole affect her relationship with others on Grand Isle? She feels set apart from the “one large family” of Creoles on Grand Isle that summer. She feels uncomfortable when they openly discuss and tell stories about what she has always considered “inappropriate” topics. 15. Support the following statement as a possible theme in the novel: there is danger in novels that can confuse susceptible women. Edna is given a somewhat shocking, scandalous novel to read. The others read it openly and discuss it. She “read the book in secret and solitude.” Books of this kind may stimulate the romantic thoughts of a vulnerable person such as Edna Pontellier. CHAPTER V 16. During the Middle Ages, courtly love was embodied in the behavior of a knight toward the fine lady he loved. He would prostrate himself before her, idealize her, carry her favor into battle, but never demonstrate physical love for her. How does Robert’s behavior toward Edna fit this pattern? Robert has exhibited such behavior toward women in the past. One summer he was hopelessly “in love” with Adéle Ratignolle. When he devotes himself to Edna by waiting on her and “exchanging occasional words, glances or smiles,” there appears to be an “advanced stage of intimacy” developing. 17. What is the significance of Edna’s sketching in this chapter?
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Edna sketches as a hobby while other women do not indulge in such creative pastimes. Their efforts are
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