Retrieved from ” https: University Press of Mississippi. There she finds a pair of silk stockings for sale and is entranced by their smoothness. Women on the Color Line: Published in , the story follows Mrs. Edited by Per Seyersted. Views Read Edit View history.

Retrieved from ” https: Wikisource has original text related to this article: It was emerging, and it included what Robert Arner in the essay collection Awakenings: Louisiana State University Press, In other projects Wikisource. Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters.

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The Marital Burden and the Lure of Consumerism. But what is it? Chopin chose to write for Vogue because the magazine was uncharacteristically “fearless and truthful” for the s in its depiction of women and their lives.

ElfenbeinAnna Shannon. Beyond the Bayou Baton Rouge: She purchases boots to go with her stockings, buys fitted kid gloves, reads expensive magazines while lunching at a high-class restaurant, and ends her mate sharing chocolates with a fellow theatre goer. Sommers had been before her marriage a wealthy woman, but now “needs of the present absorbed her every faculty.

Sommers’ physical exhaustion also mirrors the weakening of her self resolve. Edited by Sandra Gilbert. Views Read Edit View history. Sommers rests at a counter where she chopjn begin her shopping adventure. Louisiana State UP, Sommers does not appear in any other Chopin story and nobody in any other story speaks of her.


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Kate Chopin: “A Pair of Silk Stockings”

But the temptation proves too much and she succumbs to the “mechanical impulse that directed her palr and freed her of responsibility”—words which prefigure Edna Pontellier in Chopin’s later novel The Awakening. Studies in Short Fiction New York: UP of America, We do not even know what city or state her story takes place in.

Verging on the Abyss: Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters. Louisiana State UP, Short stories by Kate Chopin short stories.

The Ploy That Kills. Ricerche di storia letteraria e culturale, VI. Sommers as “little”, Chopin refers to more than her physical stature. There may be many resemblances between Mrs. Some of the items listed here may be available on line through university dtockings public libraries.

Stockigs story takes place in an unnamed city—a city large enough to have a department store, a fashionable restaurant, a theatre, and a cable car—probably in the early s. Edna is certainly not poor. People seem to assume that Mrs.


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Edited by Per Seyersted. On the day of her shopping trip, Mrs. The Complete Works of Kate Chopin. Sommers reminds me of Edna Pontellier in The Awakening.

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Apparently Chopin did not consider Mrs. The neighbors are all aware of what Mrs. Published inthe story follows Mrs. A Critical Biography Baton Rouge: She keeps her focus on Mrs. But could she be a woman married to a man who has lost his fortune and fallen on hard times? Northwestern State UP, Sommers’ social standing had been before her marriage, and see how her marriage has reduced her.

Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness.

Complete Novels and Stories. In many of the stories that Kate Chopin included in her two books of short stories, Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadiewe can tell a good deal about some characters because they live at a specific place in rural Louisiana, or they appear in several stories, or characters in other stories talk about them.

UP of Virginia, Sommers is a widow or a single mother.