The Awakening Chapter 27 Summary
- When Arobin comes over that evening, Edna is still feeling happy.
- Arobin sits beside her and as they talk, he touches her hair.
- His fingers begin straying to her cheeks and chin.
- Edna wonders what kind of woman she is, concluding that she must be a bad woman according to society. In her heart, however, she can’t accept that idea.
- Edna recalls something that Mademoiselle Reisz said to her about a bird willing to soar above tradition and prejudice.
- Arobin comments that he thinks Mademoiselle Reisz is insane.
- Edna says she believes Mademoiselle Reisz to be wonderfully sane.
- Arobin says he wants to talk about Edna, not Mademoiselle Reisz.
- He says Edna’s thoughts seem far away from him tonight.
- She looks at him and smiles.
- They look into each other’s eyes and he kisses her passionately.
- She leans forward, clasping his head between her hands and kisses him back.
- The narrator comments that this was the "first kiss of her life to which her nature had really responded. It was a flaming torch that kindled desire."