When Arobin leaves, Edna is full of remorse, this time due to her disloyalty
to L'once in the midst of his home and possessions.
She has had an illicit liaison with another man. She does not regret what she has done. In fact her feelings for Robert are now even stronger because she is full of anticipation of her reunion with him. She will be able to enjoy a greater release of passion with Robert because she loves him.
Edna’s development is now increasing at a pace. She recognizes that
her behavior will be construed as wicked by her contemporaries, but she feels no shame or regret.
is now excited at the thought of being with Robert, taking her passion
to new heights.
We see that Edna, despite these passions, still intends to maintain her
independence and that she will never again become another man’s chattel.
We must keep it in mind that Edna is not just looking to replace L'once with another husband – she is looking to be independent artistically, sexually and materialistically. She intends to create her own space by obtaining a small home financed from her own money where she can meet with Robert on equal terms.