receives a letter from L'once concerning her move. He is afraid
that people may think that Edna has been forced to move because
of business problems. He makes it known by advertising in the local
paper that the Pontellier Mansion is to be substantially modernized
and that while this is being done, Edna and he will vacation abroad.
Edna feels that her own identity is coming to the fore in her new
surroundings and she is becoming more confident.
She visits her children at their grandmother’s home in Iberville and enjoys
Again we see that L'once is more concerned with appearances than the needs
of his wife. He is concerned only about his reputation.
Although Edna has abdicated her responsibilities to her marriage, she still
has a strong maternal instinct and visits her children at L'once’s mother’s home.
We note that Edna is unhappy about being separated from her children and as
yet, has not considered the implications of her actions upon the lives of her children in the future. She is still focusing the majority of her thoughts onto Robert and longs for his return.