Chapter 21 Summary

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Last Updated April 18, 2023.

Mademoiselle Reisz resides in a flat situated on the topmost level with windows that open to the outside, enabling the entry of both light and air, as well as grime and dust. The overall condition of the place is somewhat dreary, except for a grand piano that takes up a lot of space within the apartment and is quite impressive.

Mademoiselle Reisz expresses happiness upon seeing Edna and expresses surprise that she has actually shown up. While pouring coffee for them, Mademoiselle Reisz mentions that she has received a letter from Robert, in which he only writes about Edna. When Edna asks to see the letter, Mademoiselle Reisz initially declines. Edna also tells her that she has been painting and is becoming an artist, and asks Mademoiselle Reisz to play the piano. In response, Mademoiselle Reisz explains that being a true artist requires more than just talent, one must also possess a "courageous soul." Edna asks what she means, and Reisz replies, ""Courageous, ma foi! The brave soul. The soul that dares and defies."

Mademoiselle Reisz eventually gives her permission for Edna to read the letter and as she does, Mademoiselle Reisz plays romantic melodies on the piano. Edna becomes emotional and sheds tears, reminiscent of the time when Mademoiselle Reisz played at Grand Isle. Before departing, Edna inquires if she can visit again.

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