In this "Sequel to the 'Cadian Ball," as the subtitle to Kate Chopin's story reads, the storm that "burst" is used in a metaphoric sense as well as a realistic one. The metaphor of the storm represents the whirlwind of unsatisfied passion stored within Calixta and Alcée after their parting from one another, a whirlwind which is briefly regenerated during their first personal encounter in years.
When Alcée Laballière unexpectedly rides up on his horse to the gate of Calixta's home, he asks if he may wait on her gallery until the raging storm subsides. Politely, Calixta replies that he may. Soon, however, his intention to remain outside becomes impractical, as the rain beats down in torrents. So, he joins Calixta inside ,where she looks out the window in concern for her husband and son, who departed some time ago for Freidheimer's store.
The playing of the lightning was incessant. A bolt struck a tall chinaberry tree at the edge of the field. It filled all visible space with a...
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