At Fault [NOOK Book]

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Th&eacuter&egravese Lafirme, a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman, is widowed at age thirty-two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation. When Th&eacuter&egravese falls in love with David Hosmer, a divorced businessman, her strong moral and religious convictions make it impossible for her to accept his marriage proposal. Her determined rejection sets the two on a tumultuous path that involves Hosmer's former wife, Fanny. At Fault is both romantic and filled with stark realism-a love ...
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Overview

Th&eacuter&egravese Lafirme, a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman, is widowed at age thirty-two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation. When Th&eacuter&egravese falls in love with David Hosmer, a divorced businessman, her strong moral and religious convictions make it impossible for her to accept his marriage proposal. Her determined rejection sets the two on a tumultuous path that involves Hosmer's former wife, Fanny. At Fault is both romantic and filled with stark realism-a love story that expands to address the complex problem of balancing personal happiness and social duty-set in the post-Reconstruction South against a backdrop of economic devastation and simmering racial tensions. Written at the beginning of her career, At Fault parallels Chopin's own life and introduces characters and themes that appear in her later works, including The Awakening.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605018225
  • Publisher: MobileReference
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Mobi Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 735,019
  • File size: 195 KB

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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