What is the summary of "A Pair of Silk Stockings"?

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"A Pair of Silk Stockings" is about a wife and mother, Mrs. Simmons, who goes out to buy a few necessities for her family. Because  they are poor, she is normally very frugal. However, on this day she allows herself to indulge and buy a pair of silk stockings. After she buys those, something changes in her and she goes on a shopping spree. She buys gloves to match, goes to a movie, and treats herself to a fancy lunch out. At the end of the afternoon, as she is riding home in the cable car, she wishes that the car would never stop. The story shows the importance of a woman having her own identity and the isolation that can overcome one who is trying to fit a certain image generated by society. Mrs. Simmons desires freedom and pleasure for herself, and to not always be serving her family.