| Quote #1
Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined, and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.
Edna starts to act on the impulses of her unconscious mind.
| Quote #2
Edna began to feel like one who awakens gradually out of a dream, a delicious, grotesque, impossible dream, to feel again the realities pressing into her soul. The physical need for sleep began to overtake her; the exuberance which had sustained and exalted her spirit left her helpless and yielding to the conditions which crowded her in.
Edna has been lying in the hammock, for the first time disobeying her husband’s commands. When she gets up, she feels like she’s been dreaming, as if this new world in which she can disobey her husband is a dream rather than reality.
| Quote #3
She slept but a few hours. They were troubled and feverish hours, disturbed with dreams that were intangible, that eluded her, leaving only an impression upon her half-awakened senses of something unattainable. She was up and dressed in the cool of the early morning. The air was invigorating and steadied somewhat her faculties. However, she was not seeking refreshment or help from any source, either external or from within. She was blindly following whatever impulse moved her, as if she had placed herself in alien hands for direction, and freed her soul of responsibility. (12.1)
Shortly after this passage, Edna sends for Robert. It is the first time she has ever done so. Seems like her subconscious is rooting for an Edna/Robert liaison. We’d also like to take this opportunity to point out the part where Edna’s soul is suddenly absolved of all responsibility. Is it just us or is having an irresponsible soul a dangerous road to go down?