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The Awakening

The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening Chapter 20 Summary

  • Edna tries to hunt down Mademoiselle Reisz.
  • On her more tragic days, listening to Mademoiselle Reisz play the piano is helpful.
  • Edna can’t find Mademoiselle Reisz’s house, however, so she visits the Lebrun house to see if they know the pianist’s address.
  • Victor answers the door and is very happy to see her – if you know what we mean. (Like his older brother, Victor thinks Edna’s got it going on.)
  • Edna sits down on the front porch and Victor pulls up a chair to talk to her.
  • Victor flirts. Edna finds this amusing and has fun talking to him.
  • Finally, Madame Lebrun comes out and they talk about how it is to be back in the city after their summer at Grand Isle.
  • Victor goes off to get two letters that Robert had written from Mexico and reads them to Edna, but there isn’t anything in them directed to her personally.
  • Madame Lebrun gives Edna Mademoiselle Reisz’s address, and Victor walks her to her car, still laughing and flirting with her.
  • Edna remembers too late that she should act dignified and reserved, since Victor is only nineteen-years-old.
  • Afterwards, Victor comments to his mother that Edna looked wonderful, and that she seemed like a different woman, somehow.

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