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"At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life-that outward."  What does this suggest about Edna's inner struggle? The question refers to the whole sentence in chapter 7 of  The Awakening, but I could only type some of it.

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In chapter VII of The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, we find Edna Pontellier gazing at the ocean, realizing that she has always been "different."  By different it is meant that she has never had the need nor the want to comply with every social expectation bestowed upon women of a certain class, namely, getting married, having children, and live a life of straight up virtue.

Contrastingly, Edna has always leaned towards the unusual. An example of this is her friendship with Adele. Adele is a foil of Edna's...

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