L'once had asked Edna to meet him in town next day, but she declines and
does some sketching instead.
She soon tires of this and decides to go and visit Ad'le. She takes some of her drawings to show Ad'le and tells her that she would like to take drawing lessons in order to perfect her art. Ad'le invites Edna to stay for dinner, but during her stay she becomes more depressed because of the total harmony enjoyed in her friend’s house. It is almost too good to be true and she feels sorry for Ad'le who seems to be brainwashed into accepting this shallow and dutiful way of life.
We note that Edna cannot settle for any length of time. She cannot
apply herself to her household responsibilities and she is dissatisfied with her sketching. Even at her friend’s home she is unsettled by the perfect harmony enjoyed by the Ratignolles.