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