In the short story "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin what is the resolution?

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Unfortunately enotes does not allow multiple questions, so I have been forced to edit this question down to focus on one element of the plot structure, the resolution. Please remember to ask only one question in future.

The resolution, to me at least, is also the saddest part of the story. After we have followed Mrs. Sommers through her reliving of the past or her day of indulgence, reality must be returned to. After her last treat, which was going to see a play, note how the end of the play signals the end of the special day of Mrs. Sommers:

The play was over, the music ceased, the crowd filed out. It was like a dream ended. People scattered in all directions. Mrs. Sommers went to the corner and waited for the cable car.

As the story ends, we are left observing Mrs. Sommers who has a "powerful wish" that the cable car would never reach her stop and it would go on forever without her ever having to get off and return to her hum-drum existence marked by want and hard work. This is the rather poignant and sad resolution to this great short story.

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