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The Awakening

The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening Chapter 12 Summary

  • In the morning, Edna wakes up after troubled dreams and goes outside.
  • She immediately sends the little girl who works for Madame Lebrun to get Robert and suggests that they take a boat to the Cheniere.
  • Robert is thrilled to have her request his presence.
  • They eat breakfast and head to the wharf.
  • A few people are out walking: the two unnamed lovers that were seen in a previous chapter, an old woman in black, and old Monsieur Farival.
  • Also present is a young Spanish girl named Mariequita. She knows Robert.
  • They all get on the boat and Mariequita talks to Robert.
  • She asks him if Edna is his sweetheart. He doesn’t deny it, but he does admit that Edna is married with two kids.
  • Mariequita relates a story of a man named Francisco who ran away with another man’s wife. Robert gets embarrassed and tells her to shut up. In a joking sort of way, but you know that’s not a joke.
  • Robert holds his umbrella over Edna to shade her from the sun.
  • They talk about their plans for tomorrow and the next day.
  • When they get off the boat, they all go to a Catholic church (Our Lady of Lourdes) for Mass, except for Mariequita, who walks away with her basket of shrimp, sending Robert a look of reproach.

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