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The Story of an Hour

The Story of an Hour

by Kate Chopin

Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #4

When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" (11)

The idea of being "free" has to escape from Mrs. Mallard. It's not as though she readily admits it or eagerly shouts it out. She barely opens her mouth and barely raises her voice. The word "free," itself described as tiny, has to sneak out of her.

Quote #5

"Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering. (16)

Significantly, the emotions Mrs. Mallard feels in this moment are powerful and strong. This can be seen in the repeated use of exclamation points, the repeated emphasis on the idea of "freedom," and the combination of her entire body and soul being caught up in this feeling. However, it seems like the feelings are almost too strong to be expressed. Mrs. Mallard can only "whisper" them.

Quote #6

Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole, imploring for admission. (17)

Here, it's almost as if Josephine thinks her words can open the door and unlock the "keyhole." The way she speaks, "imploring" her sister to let her in, echoes her body language of "kneeling" before the door. Both actions make her seem submissive to her sister. The question is whether Josephine acts this submissive all the time, or is acting unusual because of the tragedy that's taken place.

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