Calixta and Clarisse are similar in several ways: they are roughly the same age, have the same status as married mothers, and share a connection to the same man. Their relationships with Alcée show him as both desirable and off-putting, as wanted and not wanted. One woman is home and one away. One gets to speak directly in the text and one doesn't. One ends with pleasure and laughter, one with a sigh of relief. Yet they both want to be free, and both long, in a certain sense, for the past.
Is one luckier than the other? What do you think? For more on the connections between these two women, see "Themes: Women and Femininity."
Like their wives, Alcée and Bobinôt are foils for one another. Alcée takes Bobinôt role by entering the house and defending it during the storm: "Alcée, mounting to the porch, grabbed the trousers and snatched Bibi's braided jacket that was about to be carried away by a sudden gust of wind" (2.4). Both are husbands who, for whatever reason, are not satisfying their wives in bed. Yet in other respects both men seem like good husbands: they treat their wives with affection and kindness and care about the well-being of their children.