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What details in "The Storm" emphasize the fact that Bobinot loves his wife and also how...

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bballer86 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 4, 2009 at 9:39 PM via web

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What details in "The Storm" emphasize the fact that Bobinot loves his wife and also how imperfectly he comprehends her nature?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 5, 2009 at 12:47 AM (Answer #1)

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After Bobinot and Bibi get home from walking through the rain and muddy fields, he goes to great lengths to clean them both off before they enter the house.  The text states that "He scraped the mud off Bibi's bare legs and feet with a stick and carefully removed all traces from his heavy brogans" and then went into the house, hopefull Calixta wouldn't be mad about the mess.  This extreme care indicates that he cares what his wife thinks, wants to please her, and loves her.  Next, he offers her some shrimp, another token of his affection.  When they sit down to eat, "they laughed much and..loud", so he obviously enjoys her company and being with her.  But this also indicates that he is a bit naive about her, and doesn't know her that well.  A wife who is usually "over-scrupulous" for whom he had "explanations and apologies which he had been composing all along the way" for his muddy appearance, and had been "fearful" of her chastisement when he entered the house, to be full of concern and laughter should have tipped him off a bit as to the fact that something was different.  He is oblivious to his wife's fickle fidelity, and can't seem to read her moods very well.  But he appears to love her.

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