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The city in which "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is set is unnamed; however it is large enough to have a department store, theatre, and a trolley car. In the 1890s this could easily be New Orleans since Chopin lived in Louisiana herself and many other stories are set in Creole surroundings.
Having married a wealthy Creole plantation owner who lived in New Orleans, Kate Chopin was familiar with the fashionable life of this city as well as the repressive life for women in its society. In this story Chopin portrays the conflict of the self-sacrificing mother who wishes to participate in the fashionable setting of a cosmopolitan city like New Orleans--if only for an afternoon.
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