Chapter 20 Summary

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Last Updated April 18, 2023.

Edna makes a choice to visit Mademoiselle Reisz, even though she had an uneasy feeling after their previous conversation. She has a strong desire to listen to Mademoiselle Reisz play the piano. However, Edna faces some difficulty in finding Mademoiselle Reisz, as she has relocated. To find her, she decides to visit the Lebruns and ask Madame Lebrun for the new address. When she arrives at the Lebruns' house, Victor answers the door and argues with one of his servants before sending her to fetch Madame Lebrun.

Edna is waiting on the porch when Victor joins her and entertains her with a tale of a woman he encountered the previous night. Just as Victor is about to reveal some unpleasant details of the woman's life, Mrs. Lebrun emerges and instructs him to retrieve two letters from Robert for Edna's reading. The letters describe Robert's experiences in Mexico, but do not mention Edna. This causes Edna to feel disheartened once more, and she requests Mademoiselle Reisz's address from Madame Lebrun.

After saying goodbye, Edna engages in some light-hearted conversation with Victor once more, but later feels remorseful, wishing she had acted with more decorum and self-restraint. Mrs. Lebrun compliments Edna on her appearance, while Victor observes that she appears to have undergone a transformation.

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