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When Jérôme Lafirme died, his neighbors awaited the results of his sudden taking off with indolent watchfulness. It was a matter of unusual interest to them that a plantation of four thousand acres had been left unincumbered to the disposal of a handsome, inconsolable, childless Creole widow of thirty. A bêtise of some sort might safely be looked for. But time passing, the anticipated folly failed to reveal itself; and the only wonder was that Thérèse Lafirme so successfully followed the methods of her departed ...
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When Jérôme Lafirme died, his neighbors awaited the results of his sudden taking off with indolent watchfulness. It was a matter of unusual interest to them that a plantation of four thousand acres had been left unincumbered to the disposal of a handsome, inconsolable, childless Creole widow of thirty. A bêtise of some sort might safely be looked for. But time passing, the anticipated folly failed to reveal itself; and the only wonder was that Thérèse Lafirme so successfully followed the methods of her departed husband.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780961428518
  • Publisher: Green Street Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/1986
  • Series: Reprints Series
  • Edition description: 1st paperback edition
  • Pages: 213

Meet the Author

Kate Chopin (1850–1904) was born in St. Louis. She moved to Louisiana where she wrote two novels and numerous stories. Because The Awakening was widely condemned, publication of Chopin’s third story collection was cancelled. The Awakening was rediscovered by scholars in the 1960s and 1970s and is her best-known work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Part I
I The Mistress of Place-du-Bois 5
II At the Mill 10
III In the Pirogue 14
IV A Small Interruption 19
V In the Pine Woods 22
VI Melicent Talks 28
VII Painful Disclosures 34
VIII Treats of Melicent 41
IX Face to Face 47
X Fanny's Friends 52
XI The Self-Assumed Burden 58
XII Severing Old Ties 62
Part II
I Fanny's First Night at Place-du-Bois 73
II "Neva to See You!" 78
III A Talk Under the Cedar Tree 82
IV Therese Crosses the River 87
V One Afternoon 93
VI One Night 101
VII Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois 108
VIII With Loose Rein 114
IX The Reason Why 120
X Perplexing Things 125
XI A Social Evening 130
XII Tidings That Sting 138
XIII Melicent Hears the News 142
XIV A Step Too Far 148
XV A Fateful Solution 153
XVI To Him Who Waits 161
XVII Conclusion 166
Explanatory Notes 171
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