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The Story of an Hour

The Story of an Hour


by Kate Chopin

Mrs. Louise Mallard Timeline and Summary

  • Mrs. Mallard has a bad heart, but survives learning the news of her husband's death.
  • She cries a lot and wants to be by herself in a locked room.
  • While alone, she does some hard thinking and decides that she's kind of glad her husband died, because she's so scared and excited about getting to be an independent individual again.
  • As soon as she's come to terms with this new feeling of freedom, she leaves the room, only to see her husband and receive the shock she was protected from at the beginning.
  • Mrs. Mallard dies.