is now concerned for her friend Edna after she has revealed her
former passions, because she senses that Edna will misunderstand
Robert's attentive behavior. She, therefore, asks Robert to leave
Edna alone. Robert is offended and feels that she is unduly concerned.
Ad'le reminds him that if he should step over the line, then he
would lose his reputation as a respected gentleman.
looks for Edna but is unsuccessful, so he returns to talk with his
mother and their conversation involves Robert's younger brother
Victor who tends to be headstrong.
We note that Robert enjoys a privileged position as a trusted gentleman
charged with attending to the Creole women. We note that in a way Robert is slightly frustrated and bored with his role as a respected companion. He perhaps wishes to be more like his younger brother
Victor, or even go the extreme of being a blatant womanizer like Alc'e Arobin. He clearly intends to ignore Ad'le’s warning as he might find that Edna’s approach to him is quite entertaining. He wants to
be taken more seriously.