The Awakening | Study Guide

Kate Chopin

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The Awakening | Chapter 20 | Summary

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On one of Edna's unhappy days she attempts to seek out Mademoiselle Reisz. At first unable to find the pianist's address, she visits Madame Lebrun at her home in the city to see if she knows where Mademoiselle Reisz lives. At the Lebruns' home Victor and his mother chat in a friendly fashion with Edna and share with her the contents of two letters they've received from Robert. After their friendly talk Edna asks for Mademoiselle Reisz's address, and Madame Lebrun gives it to her. After she leaves Victor remarks that Edna "doesn't seem like the same woman."

Analysis

Victor's conversation with Edna reveals his open-minded attitude toward romantic and sexual relationships, and it is a reminder that he is the less conventional of the two brothers. Edna's willingness to listen and not reprimand or tattle on him shows she is not offended. This suggests his attitude resonates in some way with her own emerging opinions in this area.

Victor's comment about her after she leaves is evidence she has come a long way in her awakening; Edna's changes have become so apparent to those who interact with her that even Victor notices.

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