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The Awakening

The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening Chapter 23 Summary

  • Edna’s father, a retired colonel, comes to visit.
  • He wants help in buying a wedding present for Janet, Edna’s sister.
  • Edna is left in the position of entertaining him. One day the two go to the horse races.
  • They meet up with Alcee Arobin, a bad boy who Robert cited earlier in the novel as a truly dangerous playboy.
  • They have a good time at the races.
  • When Doctor Mandelet comes to dinner, Edna is flushed and happy.
  • The poor doctor can’t figure out the problem.
  • He remains convinced it has something to do with another man, hoping to himself that it isn’t Alcee Arobin.

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