| Quote #1
"If I were young and in love with a man," said Mademoiselle, turning on the stool and pressing her wiry hands between her knees as she looked down at Edna, who sat on the floor holding the letter, "it seems to me he would have to be some grand esprit; a man with lofty aims and ability to reach them; one who stood high enough to attract the notice of his fellow-men. It seems to me if I were young and in love I should never deem a man of ordinary caliber worthy of my devotion." (26.33)
No wonder Mademoiselle Reisz never married. She has extremely specific criteria for a potential mate. Moreover, this passage suggests that she sees herself as similar to Edna.
| Quote #2
"Why?" asked her companion. "Why do you love him when you ought not to?"
Edna acknowledges the insensibility of her love for Robert. She can’t even think past the idea of him being back in New Orleans. This bears all the hallmarks of infatuation rather than love.
| Quote #3
Meanwhile Robert, addressing Mrs. Pontellier, continued to tell of his one time hopeless passion for Madame Ratignolle; of sleepless nights, of consuming flames till the very sea sizzled when he took his daily plunge. While the lady at the needle kept up a little running, contemptuous comment:
Because Robert never assumes the "seriocomic tone" with Mrs. Pontellier that he does with Madame Ratignolle, he really does harbor true feelings for Edna.