The Awakening | Study Guide

Kate Chopin

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Chapter 12

Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 12 from Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening.

The Awakening | Chapter 12 | Summary



After a few hours of restless sleep Edna wakes. In the early morning Edna sends someone to tell Robert she is planning to go to the Cheniere, another island nearby. Soon Robert joins her. The two have a quick breakfast, then set off on a boat with others going to the Cheniere. As they sail Edna and Robert flirtatiously discuss plans together the next day, and the day after that: explore the ruins of an old fort, find pirate gold, and the like. When the boat reaches shore, the group walks to church for mass.


Edna has shown herself ready to break from conventions, and her short night of sleep seems to solidify her resolve in this. She is more flirtatious with Robert and begins to imagine what they might do together in the future (the short-term future, but the future nevertheless). Although this romantic planning is said lightheartedly, there is clearly an element of longing between the two. For the moment Robert seems to be swept up in the romance of the moment and goes along with Edna's mood.

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