Pick out at least five phrases which you think are especially important to the story?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This story, although extremely short says a great deal about life (particularly life for women)  in the time period in which Kate Chopin wrote it.    Five of the most significant phrases are as follows:

“She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance.”

“She said it over and over under her breath: ‘ free, free, free!’”

“But  she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely.  And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.”

“And yet she had loved him – sometimes.  Often she had not.  What did it matter!”

“’Go away.  I am not making myself ill.’  No; she was drinking in the very elixir of life through the open window.”  

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The Story of an Hour

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