In Kate Chopin's 1898 short story, The Storm, it's the little things that show how much Bobinôt loves his wife, Calixta.
Bobinôt arose and going across to the counter purchased a can of shrimps, of which Calixta was very fond. Then he returned to his perch on the keg and sat stolidly holding the can of shrimps while the storm burst.
He sat on the keg, holding the can of shrimps, thinking about her, worrying about her safety during the heavy Louisiana thunderstorm.
Calixta's is absolutely thrilled with the shrimps when Bobinôt presents them to her after he and little Bibi return home after the storm.
“I brought you some shrimps, Calixta,” offered Bobinôt, hauling the can from his ample side pocket and laying it on the table.
“Shrimps! Oh, Bobinôt! you too good fo‟ anything!” and she gave him a smacking kiss on the cheek that resounded, “J’vous réponds, we‟ll have a feas‟ to-night! umph-umph!”
Clearly, Bobinôt knows what Calixta likes, and he's willing to make the effort to please her, even with a can of shrimps.
Before they went into the house, however, Bobinôt took great pains to clean the mud and other evidence of "their tramp over heavy roads and through wet fields" from himself and four-year-old Bibi so they wouldn't displease Calixta.
Bobinôts explanations and apologies which he had been composing all along the way, died on his lips as Calixta felt him to see if he were dry, and seemed to express nothing but satisfaction at their safe return.
This also shows that Bobinôt doesn't fully comprehend Calixta's nature. He composed his apologies for his and Bibi's appearance expecting a stern looking-over and a demanding "Where have you been?" and a "What took you so long?" from his "over-scrupulous housewife" when he and Bibi came into the house.
Instead, he and Bibi are greeted by a loving wife and mother full of hugs and kisses for them who was much more concerned about their safe return home than a little mud on their trousers.
What Bobinôt sees when he looks at Calixta also seems to be somewhat different from what Calixta's old boyfriend, Alcée Laballière, sees when he looks at her.
Whereas Bobinôt sees an "over-scrupulous housewife" who sometimes surprises him with hugs and kisses, Alcée sees, and experiences, a Calixta who's "lost nothing of her vivacity," and who's as spontaneous, uninhibited, and passionate as she had been when they were boyfriend and girlfriend five or so years ago.
The rain was over; and the sun was turning the glistening green world into a palace of gems. Calixta, on the gallery, watched Alcée ride away. He turned and smiled at her with a beaming face; and she lifted her pretty chin in the air and laughed aloud.
Bobinôt would likely be very surprised to see such a smile and hear his "over-scrupulous housewife" laughing aloud like that.