It seemed lost in her worn old shopping bag. These were new to me. There are many authors from the Nineteenth Century who made the short story a major work of art. A store down the street sold books and magazines. She looked down to see that her hand lay upon a pile of silk stockings.
While she spends a lot of time thinking about spending it on her children, she ultimately spends it on herself; purchasing the pair of silk stockings is the first thing that sets the rest of her spree in motion. Sommers's internal dialogue, or her silent conversations with herself, and some details about her past, we readers know that there is more to it than that. A placard nearby announced that they had been reduced in price from two dollars and fifty cents to one dollar and ninety-eight cents; and a young girl who stood behind the counter asked her if she wished to examine their line of silk hosiery. Sommers somehow gets 15 dollars and plans carefully how to spend it. While waiting to be served she removed her gloves very slowly and set them beside her.
It is safe to say there was no one present who bore quite the attitude which Mrs. When before she was worried about little kids. The neighbors are all aware of what Mrs. Sommers is accustomed to bargaining, but today she is tired and forgets to eat lunch prior to shopping. A pleasing piece of music could be heard, and a gentle wind was blowing through the window. I expected a different ending. Download activities to help you understand this story.
No one looks at her askance, and not minding the price, Mrs. She did not want a profusion; she craved a nice and tasty bite--a half dozen blue-points, a plump chop with cress, a something sweet--a creme-frappee, for instance; a glass of Rhine wine, and after all a small cup of black coffee. Read the book, because who knows what new world one might fall into? Silk What effect did the silk stockings have on Mrs. Sommers is a widow or a single mother. Bypassing many of the conventions of 19th-century realism, she won praise for her realistic portraits of the inhabitants of bayou and urban areas. Rather than marriage or parenthood being seen as a partnership with both the male and female sharing responsibility Chopin may be suggesting that for the majority of women their role in life was to look after their children rather than share an equal footing within a marriage. She seated herself at a small table alone, and an attentive waiter at once approached to take her order.
It seemed to her a very large amount of money. It was a long time since Missus Sommers had been fitted with gloves. This, in turn, leads to a day of self-indulgent spending, in which she buys a pair of gloves and eats at a high-end restaurant. She could elbow her way if need be; she had learned to clutch a piece of goods and hold it and stick to it with persistence and determination till her turn came to be served, no matter when it came. The reality that she is not one of them at heart; she is merely Little Mrs. She was not going through any acute mental process or reasoning with herself, nor was she striving to explain to her satisfaction the motive of her action. It is also interesting that there is no mention of a Mr Sommers in the story.
Normally I don't enjoy much from feminist culture or anything with too much purple language and girly stuff but some things are genuinely good. The Realism lit movement could be on the pendulum exactly across from the transcendentalism lit movement. But that day she was a little faint and tired. It seems that her dominant motivation for giving in is not the crass joy of shopping but, as in so many of Chopin's stories, a deeply held urge toward freedom, indulged here by releasing herself, however briefly, from the bonds of relative poverty. The details are what really make or break a story.
Interesting to see her thought process and how, even if for a moment, she really thought that money could make her feel like someone she wanted to be; someone special. At this point, she wants more. What a very small box it was! As Chopin establishes at the beginning of the story, Mrs. Q: People seem to assume that Mrs. Kate Chopin Boston: Twayne, 1985.
When the man, representing the average individual, is looking at her, it becomes apparent that because of material things, people can seem to be something or someone they are not. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. During the night, she thinks of a sensible use for the money. And the crystal drinking glasses shined even more brightly. Contributions in Women's Studies 119. Buying the silk stocking was probably one of the worst things she could have done because now she may not ever want to be her old self again. The needs of the present took all her energy.