The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What happens at the end of "The Story of an Hour"?

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In "The Story of an Hour," Mrs. Mallard receives news that her husband has died in a tragic "railroad disaster." She immediately accepts the knowledge and weeps immediately "with sudden, wild abandonment." And then a shift occurs.

Mrs. Mallard retreats to her room in solitude to process the significance of the news. She reflects that "she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not." And she sees this change in her situation as a move toward freedom.

Indeed, she repeats this phrase to herself several times: "Free, free, free!"

Finally, she has a chance to live for herself. She will be able to make her own decisions and not be forced to submit to her husband's whims and desires.

Then, a surprising twist occurs. She emerges from her bedroom, and her husband suddenly appears at the door, "a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella. He had been far from the scene of the accident, and did not even know that there had been one."

Mrs. Mallard's heart, already looking...

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