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The Awakening

The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening Chapter 22 Summary

  • Mr. Pontellier decides to visit to their family physician, Doctor Mandelet.
  • He tells the doctor about Edna’s odd behavior in the hopes of getting some advice.
  • We learn that he meets Edna in the morning at the breakfast table (read: no sex).
  • Doctor Mandelet asks if Edna has been hanging around with a circle of "pseudointellectual women."
  • Mr. Pontellier says no, Edna hasn’t been hanging around with anyone.
  • The doctor suggests that she should be sent home to Kentucky to stay with her own people for a while.
  • Mr. Pontellier reports that Edna has refused to go home, or even attend her sister’s wedding.
  • Finally the doctor suggests that Edna’s problems are just a passing whim, and says if Mr. Pontellier just leaves her alone for a while, she’ll get over it.
  • The doctor suggests that Edna come talk to him. Mr. Pontellier suggests that the doctor visit for dinner.
  • The doctor agrees.
  • After Mr. Pontellier leaves, the doctor wonders if Edna is involved with another man.

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