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Chapter 35 Summary and Analysis

Summary
Edna wakes up filled with hope. She believes that Robert’s love for her will surmount his reserve, whatever his reasons for it. She imagines him coming over that evening.

She receives letters from her children and from Leonce. Leonce writes that when he comes back they would take a trip abroad, as he had recently made a lot of money on Wall Street. She also receives a letter from Alcee saying good morning and assuring her of his devotion.

Edna writes back to the children and to Leonce. In Leonce’s letter she is evasive, not on purpose, but because she had lost a sense of reality. She feels she has abandoned herself to Fate. She does not answer Alcee’s letter.

Robert does not come that day, and Edna is very disappointed. Nor does he come either of the next two days. She would awake with hope and go to sleep despondent. However she does not seek him out; in fact she avoids...

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