| Quote #7
She turned back into the room and began to walk to and fro down its whole length, without stopping, without resting. She carried in her hands a thin handkerchief, which she tore into ribbons, rolled into a ball, and flung from her. Once she stopped, and taking off her wedding ring, flung it upon the carpet. When she saw it lying there, she stamped her heel upon it, striving to crush it. But her small boot heel did not make an indenture, not a mark upon the little glittering circlet.
Edna feels compelled to throw off her wedding ring, but finds it indestructible, symbolizing the ironclad nature of her marriage.
| Quote #8
She heard him moving about the room; every sound indicating impatience and irritation. Another time she would have gone in at his request. She would, through habit, have yielded to his desire; not with any sense of submission or obedience to his compelling wishes, but unthinkingly, as we walk, move, sit, stand, go through the daily treadmill of the life which has been portioned out to us.
This is the first moment that Edna exerts her will and defies her husband – over something as trivial as staying out in a hammock or not. This passage illustrates the extent to which their marriage is unequal: Mr. Pontellier can always do as he pleases, but when he asks his wife to do something, he expects to be obeyed.
| Quote #9
Edna arose, cramped from lying so long and still in the hammock. She tottered up the steps, clutching feebly at the post before passing into the house.
Leonce passive-aggressively asserts his right to do as he pleases.