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Mademoiselle Reisz

Mademoiselle Reisz is an elderly pianist. Described as homely, with a small face and a bad taste in clothing, she is viewed as temperamental and disagreeable because she is argumentative and self-assertive. She never works to please others, being a prime example of a woman who goes against society’s norms. She is frequently offensive and disagreeable, but solely because she doesn't care about others’ opinions of her. 

Her assertive and independent personality influences Edna , especially through music. Edna is deeply affected by Reisz’s piano playing and befriends her while staying at Grand Isle. Reisz, who understands Edna’s emotions, claims that Edna is the only one worth playing for. After returning home to New Orleans, Edna often comes to visit with Reisz, who offers her intellectual...

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