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The Awakening | Chapter 27 | Summary

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Edna is in such a good mood about Robert's return that Alcée notices and wonders about the cause of her happiness. She claims it is the promise of nice weather ahead. As the two talk Alcée becomes more affectionate, finally kissing her. To Edna the kiss is a "flaming torch that kindled desire."

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Since Edna's feelings for Robert cannot find expression or satisfaction in a real romance with him, she directs them at Alcée. She can't stay in control of her emotions so they control her. She is operating on a more instinctive level, where physical and primitive emotional urges dominate. This is the first sexual encounter between Alcée and Edna, although the reader must infer this from the fact that Alcée stays late into the evening.

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