It is one of the few stories Kate Chopin sets before the war. He has been aware all along of what the letter at the end of the story says. Margaret D. When I looked up, I observed that many people in front of the were darker than many of those behind it.
Do other people know about it? A: Yes. Q: I was totally unprepared for the ending. It stunned me! Is this typical of Kate Chopin?
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A: Chopin handles closings as well as any writer. Q: Should I have seen that ending coming? A: There are some suggestions that point to it. A: In most works of fiction, the answer to such a question depends upon what the author tells us.
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A: Perhaps he does remember her. We have to assume it is more than impulse, but if he really loved her, he most likely would not have turned her out. But this is fiction. Q: Why is Armand burning things at the end of the story? A: Apparently he is trying to destroy memories of his wife and child to remove what he thinks of as the taint of their race.
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Q: Are there clues in the story to show Beautfiul might have known he was of African American descent? A: He Horny single mom augusta of mixed race, but he is not African American, if by that you mean someone who is a descendant of Africans brought to America as slaves. His mother was French. You may want to read her article. A: The story is set before the Civil War, at a time when a white slave owner often considered that because his female slaves were his property, he had a right to have sex with them.
Kate Chopin would certainly have been aware of that. The baby, half naked, lay asleep upon her own great mahogany bed, that was like a sumptuous throne, with its satin-lined half-canopy. She looked from her child to the boy who stood beside him, and back again; over and over. The blood turned like ice in her veins, and a clammy moisture gathered upon her face. The considerable distances among the plantations generally meant Beautfiul visits involved stays for several days, even weeks.
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These visits were made outside the ordinary calendar of visits and likely arranged through correspondence. Q: How did Kate Chopin know about slavery? Did she grow up with slaves in the house? Her family in St. Louis, like many families in the city, held slaves in the s. Does that mean that Chopin herself has African roots? A: No.
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Only a few stories—those first discovered and published in the s—are not. Edited by Per Seyersted. Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie. Edited by Bernard Koloski. New York: Penguin, Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories. Edited by Sandra Gilbert. New York: Library of America, Bonner, Jr.
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