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In "The Story of an Hour," how does the author's sequencing of disclosure draw the reader to Louise's character?

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The story begins with a description of Louise Mallard as someone with "a" heart trouble. Therefore, the news of her husband's death would have to be given to her gently. Initially, the reader is given the impression that either Mrs. Mallard is emotionally and/or physically frail or that those around her simply perceive her to be so frail.

Upon hearing the news, Louise wept at once and left to be alone in her room. While alone, she moves from grief to abundant joy in the new freedom she foresaw in her future. The sequence of events from shock to grief then goes to a subtle realization of independence which increasingly rises to a climax of exuberance of self-discovery and hope for Louise.  

There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of...

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