Is irony important to "A Pair of Silk Stockings"?

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In the exposition of "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, the main character, Mrs. Sommers, who has come into the sum of fifteen dollars, ponders for days about whether to invest it or to spend it:  "She did not wish to act hastily, to do anything she might afterward regret."  During the night, she reaches her decision:  she will buy things for the children, and she is excited about the idea of "her brood" looking fresh and dainty and new gives her hapiness.

The irony , of course, is that Mrs. Sommers does not, in fact, act prudently at when she goes shopping.  For, after she touches the silk stockings, the repressed...

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