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In "The Awakening" why did Edna marry Leonce? Is he the model husband?

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Posted August 22, 2010 at 1:32 AM via web

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In "The Awakening" why did Edna marry Leonce? Is he the model husband?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Edna married Leonce for several reasons, although she considers that they were all "an accident". First, she did have a slight connection with him as far as sympathy and animosity. Second, the man had a lot of money and a tendency to spoil her. Third, she wanted to make her father, the Colonel, angry especially because Leonce was of a different faith. Fourth, she was really thinking that she would eventually fall in love with him, and that she will find satisfaction in a lavish life. Unfortunately for Edna, she married being way too immature, and knew very little to nothing about life, herself, her sexuality, nor her nature. For this reason, she began a series of sexual affairs.

Was Leonce the model husband? Perhaps. He loved Edna, he lavished her with gifts, attended her every whim, and felt very proud of her. I would call that a keeper.

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