The storm provides the reason for Bobinôt's not returning home, just as it allows for Alcée's stopping for shelter. In its charged energy, the storm also acts as a catalyst for the maelstrom of emotions that arise in Calixta and Alcée.
Kate Chopin's short story "The Storm" is a sequel to a story entitled "At the 'Cadian Ball." In this story, Alcée Laballière, a Creole planter, loses a crop of rice when a cyclone rips through his nine hundred acres on which he has toiled for months. One night, in his frustration, he secretly leaves home and attends a Cajun ball where Acadian girls seek their future husbands. At this ball, Alcée sees Calixta, a beautiful Cajun from a lower social class. They are strongly attracted to each other. However, their class differences forbid their marriage, and Alcée is not willing to risk his class standing or potentially bring shame to his family by having a relationship with her. Calixta then settles for Bobinôt, who is also Cajun.
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