One such incident occurs when Edna hears Mademoiselle Reisz play the piano. The notes send "a keen tremor" down her spine. "Perhaps it was the first time she was ready" to hear Mlle. Reisz play, "perhaps the first time her being was tempered to take an impress of the abiding truth." This isn't the first time Edna has heard Mlle. Reisz, but this is the first time she has such an extreme and emotional response to the music. The narrator says that "the very passions themselves were aroused within her soul, swaying it, lashing it, as the waves daily beat upon her splendid body." Edna cries profusely, so affected by the music is she, and its dramatic effect upon her provides some evidence that she has indeed begun to awaken.
On this same evening, after Edna swims and returns to her cabin, she and Robert sit together for a long while. Neither speaks. "No multitude of words could have been more significant than those moments of silence, or more pregnant with the first-felt throbbings of desire." When Leonce returns, Robert leaves, and Edna refuses to go inside, and she realizes that "Another time she would have gone in at [Leonce's] request. She would, through habit, have yielded to his desire . . . " However, tonight, she does refuse him, angering and confusing him. "She perceived that her will had blazed up, stubborn and resistant. She could not at that moment have done other than denied and resisted." This marks yet another stage in her awakening. Although she might not quite be able to verbalize what she is feeling or why, changes are surely happening within her.