What is Edna's response to the music of Mademoiselle Reisz in The Awakening? How is this related to the "awakening" theme in the novel? This is from Chapter 9.

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In this chapter, we learn that music has always tended to have a predictable effect on Edna: it inspires pictures within her imagination. However, this time, Edna "waited in vain" for the pictures to appear when she hears Mlle. Reisz play. This time, Edna's response is emotional and physical instead; she does not imagine someone else's pain but, rather, feels her own poignant passions affect her as physically as though they were waves in the ocean. "She trembled, she was choking, and the tears blinded her." This is very much linked to her own awakening, which is both emotional and physical; she is experiencing feelings of real love for the first time, and her sexual awakening accompanies those new feelings. It is as though she becomes aware of her skin, her body, for the first time, just as she feels these new passions become aroused within her. More than once, the narrator associates the sea with these very same things, saying,

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch...

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