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The Awakening

The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening Chapter 38 Summary

  • Edna and the doctor walk home together.
  • The doctor asks if she’s planning to go abroad with Mr. Pontellier in the spring.
  • She says no, that she won’t be forced to do things she doesn’t want to do.
  • The doctor seems to understand.
  • He tries to talk to her some more. It’s clear that he really does understand.
  • She can’t bring herself to tell him her inner conflict.
  • He tells her that he will be able to help. She promises nothing.
  • She goes inside her house, expecting to see Robert waiting in the parlor, but he is not there.
  • Instead, there is a note saying, "I love you. Good-bye – because I love you."
  • She grows faint when she reads the note.
  • She lies down on the couch and is still lying there, awake, when in the morning her servant comes in to light the fire.

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