The Awakening
Kate Chopin
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter Summaries
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Chapter Summary
Chapter 1-3

A green and yellow parrot sings in the background in French and a little Spanish, giving the Lebrun cottages outside New Orleans in the small commu...

Chapter 4-7

Mr. Pontellier continues to express his disgust at his wife’s performance in her motherly duties. However, Mrs. Pontellier simply is not a mother...

Chapter 8-10

Adele Ratignolle speaks earnestly with Robert Lebrun, asking him to leave Edna Pontellier alone. He does not understand. She tells him that Edna is...

Chapter 11-13

Leonce returns to the house to find Edna sprawled out in the hammock. He speaks to her, but she does not respond. After several attempts to bring h...

Chapter 14-17

Etienne, Edna’s younger son, had been acting up all night while under the care of Madame Ratignolle. It is only nine o’clock and Leonce has alr...

Chapter 18-20

The Pontellier household on Esplanade Street in New Orleans is draped in fine décor, silver, and artwork. Mr. Pontellier takes enormous pride in h...

Chapter 21-23

Mademoiselle’s Reisz’s apartment under the roof is hidden from traffic and has a beautiful view of the Mississippi River. She is shocked and el...

Chapter 24-27

The Colonel tries to convince and persuade Edna to go to his sister’s wedding, but she will not give in. He attempts to talk Mr. Pontellier into ...

Chapter 28-30

That evening, Edna cries herself to sleep, mixed with emotions of love, of passion, guilt, pride, and awakening. She worries little of her husband,...

Chapter 31-33

Alcee Arobin helps Edna clean up and finish the dinner. He talks her arm and walks her to the pigeon house, for her new home. When they arrive, flo...

Chapter 34-36

Dinner continues as the two discuss Robert’s trip to Mexico. Edna wants to hear about everything and comments on the tobacco pouch he carries. Ro...

Chapter 37-39

When Edna arrives at the Ratignolle home, Monsieur is waiting in the drugstore, thrilled to see her. He tells her that Doctor Mandelet is excessive...

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