The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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Example of how the main character speaks to another character in "The Story of an Hour."

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There is very little dialogue in Kate Chopin's 1894 short story. In fact, Louise Mallard utters few words aloud, except for whispering "free, free, free" and "Free! Body and soul free!" to herself when she begins to understand that her husband's death means that she will be able to live her life on her own terms.

Louise only speaks directly to her sister Josephine when Josephine is imploring Louise to open the door to her bedroom, where Louise has locked herself in to process her feelings. When Josephine says, from the hallway outside the bedroom, "Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door—you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven's sake open the door." Louise, who wants to be left alone, replies "Go away. I am not making myself ill."

Louise is not angry with her sister; she simply wants to have the time and space she needs to come to terms with being released from a marriage that has not been fulfilling for her. When Louise does emerge from her bedroom, she slips her arm around her sister's waist and descends the stairs with her.

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