| Quote #1
Mrs. Pontellier had brought her sketching materials, which she sometimes dabbled with in an un-professional way. She liked the dabbling. She felt in it a satisfaction of a kind which no other employment afforded her. (5.12)
Edna finds satisfaction in art that she can’t find elsewhere; this activity is solely her own and pursued for no purpose other than enjoyment.
| Quote #2
Edna was what she herself called very fond of music. Musical strains, well rendered, had a way of evoking pictures in her mind. She sometimes liked to sit in the room of mornings when Madame Ratignolle played or practiced. One piece which that lady played Edna had entitled "Solitude." It was a short, plaintive, minor strain. The name of the piece was something else, but she called it "Solitude." When she heard it there came before her imagination the figure of a man standing beside a desolate rock on the seashore. He was naked. His attitude was one of hopeless resignation as he looked toward a distant bird winging its flight away from him.
Mademoiselle Reisz’s piano playing takes Edna on a deeply emotional journey as it unleashes Edna’s inner passions.
| Quote #3
"You are the only one worth playing for. Those others? Bah!" and she went shuffling and sidling on down the gallery toward her room.
Mademoiselle Reisz considers Edna to be the only audience member worth playing for because Edna recognizes the artistry in Mademoiselle Reisz’s work.