Chapter 29 Summary and Analysis
Without waiting for an answer from Leonce regarding her decision to move, Edna hastens her plans. There is no thought involved, she just moves. She takes only what is hers. Alcee arrives in the afternoon, walking in unannounced, and finds Edna on a stepladder taking a picture off the wall. He then helps out. She tells him the dinner party will be two days later with the very finest of everything; she is going to let Leonce pay for it. She says goodbye to Alcee, and he is dismayed that he can’t see her again before the party.
Discussion and Analysis
Edna hastens her preparations to move out after spending the night with Alcee. She realizes now more than ever her need for independence. Now that she’s experienced such pleasure she wants to be able to continue, and she can’t do that in the old house. In fact the old house now seems forbidden, as if she had desecrated an altar.
Edna is determined to be completely independent, and so she takes nothing that belongs to Leonce. Her independence is underscored by Alcee’s reflection that she never looked more handsome. She is more masculine because she is freer.
Alcee continues to act in a proprietary manner. He walks in the house unannounced as if he lived there. Being such a womanizer, he probably expected Edna to be either tearful or ashamed. He has no idea who or what he’s dealing with.
Edna’s allowing Leonce to pay the bills for the party seems a bit out of character, but it’s probably a final bit of revenge.