Madame Ratignolle refers to “Life’s delirium,” leaves Edna pondering its meaning. To what might Adele be referring?
Chapters 21 through 25
On page 89, Mlle Reisz in saying “Courageous, ma foi! The brave soul. The soul that dares and defies.” What is the author’s purpose of having her in the story?
On page 89, “The shadows deepened in the little room. The music grew strange and fantastic—turbulent, insistent, plaintive and soft with entreaty. The shadows grew deeper. The music filled the room.” What are the shadows and music referencing besides themselves…what is happening?
On page 89, “Come whenever you feel like it. Be careful; the stairs and landings are dark; don’t stumble.” How might this be interpreted?
Explain why Mr. Pontellier goes to see Doctor Mandelet. What is the doctor’s advice? What does the doctor not say?
At the end of page 92, what is ironic?
In chapter 23 what does Adele Ratignolle see as the problem with the Pontelliers?
Find the passage in chapter 23 that explains Edna’s personality shift.
What was said by Edna that confirmed the doctor’s suspicion?
How did the Colonel “coerce his own wife into her grave”?
Where are the children?
On page 104 find 2 different passages to support what entices Alcee Arobin to Edna?
On page 107, it says, “He cast one appealing glance at her, to which she made no response. Alcee Arobin’s manner was so genuine that it often deceived even himself.” What is meant by this passage?
Chapters 26 through 31
Describe Alcee’s growing presence in Edna’s life.
What draws Edna to Mademoiselle Reisz?
What motivates Edna to find her own home? How does she plan to manage on her own?
What 2 details are revealed upon reading the latest letter from Robert?
How does Edna feel about having kissed Alcee Arobin?
“Asked if his cravat was plumb” literally means what?
What significant information was disclosed during the dinner in chapter 30.
What does Edna’s words versus actions towards Alcee Arobin reveal about her character?
Chapters 32 through 35
“It might get noised about that the Pontelliers had met with their reverses…” means what?
How does Mr. Pontellier react to his wife moving into the Pigeon House?
What would be the author’s purpose to having Edna visit her children?
What does Mrs. Ratignolle divulge to Edna in their conversation?
What reality versus illusion does Edna reflect upon when she sees Robert again?
Explain Robert’s actions. Compare Robert and Alcee.
Chapters 36 through 39
What is revealed in chapter 36? What is said by Edna that may disturb Robert?
Why does Adele speak such words to Edna at the end of chapter 37?
What does Robert’s note mean?
Explain multiple reasons for Edna’s final decision.