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"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, Chapters 1-5

February 12, 2013
"The Awakening" was written in 1899 and is set in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana. It is considered to be one of the first novels to address women's issues without being contemptuous of their role in society. As you read Kate Chopin's groundbreaking 1899 novel “The Awakening,” learn these word lists: Ch's 1-5, Ch’s 6-10, Ch's 11-15, Ch’s 16-20, Ch's 21-25, Ch’s 26-30, Ch's 31-35, and Ch's 36-39.
arise
Mr. Pontellier, unable to read his newspaper with any degree of comfort, arose with an expression and an exclamation of disgust.
bustle
Madame Lebrun was bustling in and out, giving orders in a high key to a yard-boy whenever she got inside the house, and directions in an equally high voice to a dining-room servant whenever she got outside.
clad
She was a fresh, pretty woman, clad always in white with elbow sleeves.
gaunt
He could see it plainly between the gaunt trunks of the water-oaks and across the stretch of yellow camomile.
plunge
He himself had taken a plunge at daylight.
countenance
There rested no shadow of care upon his open countenance.
languor
His eyes gathered in and reflected the light and languor of the summer day.
incessantly
They chatted incessantly: about the things around them; their amusing adventure out in the water -- it had again assumed its entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone to the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and the Peasant."
peasant
They chatted incessantly: about the things around them; their amusing adventure out in the water -- it had again assumed its entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone to the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and the Peasant."
mercantile
Meanwhile he held on to his modest position in a mercantile house in New Orleans, where an equal familiarity with English, French and Spanish gave him no small value as a clerk and correspondent.
flank
Now, flanked by its dozen or more cottages, which were always filled with exclusive visitors from the "Quartier Francais," it enabled Madame Lebrun to maintain the easy and comfortable existence which appeared to be her birthright.
infusion
In this particular context, infusing is refering to her ancestral past and means she is part French and connotes that she also has some of the characteristics associated with that culture.
She was an American woman, with a small infusion of French which seemed to have been lost in dilution.
whence
"I see Léonce isn't coming back," she said, with a glance in the direction whence her husband had disappeared.
stroll
When Mrs. Pontellier left him to enter her room, the young man descended the steps and strolled over toward the croquet players, where, during the half-hour before dinner, he amused himself with the little Pontellier children, who were very fond of him.
evince
He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation.
notwithstanding
Notwithstanding he loved them very much, and went into the adjoining room where they slept to take a look at them and make sure that they were resting comfortably.
adjoin
Notwithstanding he loved them very much, and went into the adjoining room where they slept to take a look at them and make sure that they were resting comfortably.
ail
He had gone to bed perfectly well, she said, and nothing had ailed him all day.
monotonous
He talked in a monotonous, insistent way.
tacit
They seemed never before to have weighed much against the abundance of her husband's kindness and a uniform devotion which had come to be tacit and self-understood.
upbraid
She did not sit there inwardly upbraiding her husband, lamenting at Fate, which had directed her footsteps to the path which they had taken.
lament
She did not sit there inwardly upbraiding her husband, lamenting at Fate, which had directed her footsteps to the path which they had taken.
imp
The little stinging, buzzing imps succeeded in dispelling a mood which might have held her there in the darkness half a night longer.
implore
The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that numerous things be brought back to them.
discriminating
And the ladies, selecting with dainty and discriminating fingers and a little greedily, all declared that Mr. Pontellier was the best husband in the world.
ample
It was something which he felt rather than perceived, and he never voiced the feeling without subsequent regret and ample atonement.
atonement
It was something which he felt rather than perceived, and he never voiced the feeling without subsequent regret and ample atonement.
prevail
Tots as they were, they pulled together and stood their ground in childish battles with doubled fists and uplifted voices, which usually prevailed against the other mother-tots.
encumbrance
The quadroon nurse was looked upon as a huge encumbrance, only good to button up waists and panties and to brush and part hair; since it seemed to be a law of society that hair must be parted and brushed.
efface
They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.
embodiment
Many of them were delicious in the role; one of them was the embodiment of every womanly grace and charm.
stout
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.
iota
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.
diminutive
She had possession of the rocker, and she was busily engaged in sewing upon a diminutive pair of night-drawers.
garment
She had brought the pattern of the drawers for Mrs. Pontellier to cut out -- a marvel of construction, fashioned to enclose a baby's body so effectually that only two small eyes might look out from the garment, like an Eskimo's.
treacherous
They were designed for winter wear, when treacherous drafts came down chimneys and insidious currents of deadly cold found their way through key-holes.
impervious
But she did not want to appear unamiable and uninterested, so she had brought forth newspapers, which she spread upon the floor of the gallery, and under Madame Ratignolle's directions she had cut a pattern of the impervious garment.
assert
Robert started to reassure her, asserting that he had known a lady who had subsisted upon nougat during the entire -- but seeing the color mount into Mrs. Pontellier's face he checked himself and changed the subject.
subsist
Robert started to reassure her, asserting that he had known a lady who had subsisted upon nougat during the entire -- but seeing the color mount into Mrs. Pontellier's face he checked himself and changed the subject.
incomprehensible
Their freedom of expression was at first incomprehensible to her, though she had no difficulty in reconciling it with a lofty chastity which in the Creole woman seems to be inborn and unmistakable.
reconcile
Their freedom of expression was at first incomprehensible to her, though she had no difficulty in reconciling it with a lofty chastity which in the Creole woman seems to be inborn and unmistakable.
harrowing
Never would Edna Pontellier forget the shock with which she heard Madame Ratignolle relating to old Monsieur Farival the harrowing story of one of her accouchements, withholding no intimate detail.
droll
Oftener than once her coming had interrupted the droll story with which Robert was entertaining some amused group of married women.
camaraderie
They formed a congenial group sitting there that summer afternoon -- Madame Ratignolle sewing away, often stopping to relate a story or incident with much expressive gesture of her perfect hands; Robert and Mrs. Pontellier sitting idle, exchanging occasional words, glances or smiles which indicated a certain advanced stage of intimacy and camaraderie.
vouchsafe
But she died between summers; then Robert posed as an inconsolable, prostrating himself at the feet of Madame Ratignolle for whatever crumbs of sympathy and comfort she might be pleased to vouchsafe.
naivete
"Perhaps I feared to make Alphonse jealous," she interjoined, with excessive naivete.
jest
She never knew precisely what to make of it; at that moment it was impossible for her to guess how much of it was jest and what proportion was earnest.
enrich
Never had that lady seemed a more tempting subject than at that moment, seated there like some sensuous Madonna, with the gleam of the fading day enriching her splendid color.
remonstrate
She did not remonstrate, except again to repulse him quietly but firmly.
vain
They accepted without murmuring what she chose to give them, each holding out two chubby hands scoop-like, in the vain hope that they might be filled; and then away they went.

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