Chapter 26 Summary

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Alcee sends Edna a letter expressing his remorse for the way he behaved at her house, and Edna feels foolish for making a big deal out of a simple hand kiss. They begin to spend time together again, becoming closer and more intimate. Occasionally, Alcee speaks in a manner that causes Edna to feel embarrassed, but eventually she starts to appreciate it because it resonates with something deep inside her.

Whenever Edna needs a boost, she goes to Mademoiselle Reisz, whose music has the power to liberate Edna's soul. Upon reaching Mademoiselle Reisz's place, Edna discloses her decision to move out of her current house and into a smaller one nearby. When questioned about the motive, Edna clarifies that she desires a place to call her own. She has earned money from her paintings and betting on horse races, and she has resolved never to be dependent on anyone again. She says she does not feel a personal connection to her large home. Edna also mentions that she intends to host a dinner party the night before vacating her current residence.

Mademoiselle Reisz hands over one more letter written by Robert to Edna for her to peruse. Mademoiselle Reisz reveals to Edna that the reason behind Robert's lack of correspondence is his love for Edna and his attempt to erase her from his mind since she is not available. She also lets Edna know that she has not told Robert that she has shared his letters with her. As Edna reads the letter, Mademoiselle Reisz's music uplifts her spirit, making her ready for happiness and jubilation. The letter also conveys that Robert will be returning home to New Orleans shortly.

Edna confesses to Mademoiselle Reisz that she has developed feelings for Robert, but she is unable to articulate the reasons behind them. Her heart leaps with joy upon learning of Robert's impending return. As she makes her way home, she pauses at a sweets shop to purchase a box of candy for her kids. She also composes a cheerful letter to Leonce, informing him of her plans to leave.

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