Chapter 33 Summary
Last Updated on April 21, 2023, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 272
Edna goes to Mademoiselle Reisz's house to relax and discuss Robert. Earlier that day, Adele expressed concern that Edna was acting impulsively and immaturely, and she was also worried about what people might think of Alcee's visits to Edna. She tells Edna that “his attentions alone are . . . enough to ruin a woman’s name.” Adele then asked Edna to promise to come visit her when Adele gives birth.
Edna is waiting for Mademoiselle Reisz to return to her apartment, and while she waits, she starts playing the piano softly. Suddenly, there's a knock on the door, and Edna invites the person to come in. It turns out to be Robert, who greets her by clasping her hand. Surprised, Edna then moves to sit by the window, while Robert takes a seat on the piano stool. He reveals that he's been back for two days, and Edna becomes distressed, wondering if he truly loves her, as Mademoiselle Reisz had suggested. Robert stumbles over an excuse for why he hasn't been to visit her.
Edna perceives that the emotions she has always seen in Robert's eyes are still present, but neither of them mention it. Robert is taken aback that Edna is not with her spouse or offspring.
They depart without Mademoiselle Reisz, and Edna invites him to dine with her. Although he initially resists, he ultimately agrees. Upon arriving at the house, he notices a portrait of Alcee and inquires about him, revealing his disapproval of Edna's association with him. Robert admits to feeling lost, a sentiment that Edna shares. They lapse into silence while waiting for dinner to be served by Celestine.