Mandelet walks Edna back to her home. Having heard about Leonce's
intended trip to Europe, he asks whether she will be going also.
Edna responds that she does not wish to go and indicates that she
will no longer allow anyone to control her life or tell her what
to do, except perhaps her children.
realizes that Edna is having problems and might need someone to
confide in. He offers his help in this respect if she needs him.
She thanks the Doctor for his kindness and admits that she is sometimes
depressed, but she is determined to pursue her own way of life.
She appreciates that this action will affect others close to her,
but she must be true to herself.
she is alone, Edna can't help thinking about Ad'le's entreaty to
consider her children. She had arranged to meet with Robert but
he sends her a note "I love you. Goodbye - because I love you."
see the last attempts of those close to Edna to bring her back into
Ad'le appeals to Edna's maternal instinct and her parting words
remind Edna that she has a responsibility to her children, and she
must consider that their reputation is very much tied up with her
We learned in the previous Chapters that L'once's solution to the
problem is to take Edna abroad on holiday.
Dr. Mandelet, the family doctor and friend, learns that this too
has failed in winning Edna back. All that the doctor can offer is
Edna finds herself alone, for Robert's note indicates that he cannot
share a life with her. He is bound too tightly to the society to
which he must be loyal. When Edna discovers the note she finally
realizes that Robert is not the solution to her problems. He too
would treat her as an item of property. He is programmed to do this.