A 1899 novella by Kate Chopin about Edna Pontellier, a married Victorian mother who experiences an awakening of her sexuality and creativity while vacationing on an island with her husband.

This begins when she meets a young man named Robert and develops an affection for him that is well beyond any love she feels for her husband. As the vacation progresses she becomes more and more distant from her husband and children, doing things like sleeping in a hammock rather than in bed with him and spending all day painting. Even after the vacation ends, Edna is a changed woman and cannot let go of what she discovered. The revelations about herself and her marriage cause her to question Victorian gender roles and the life she feels like she has unquestioningly walked into.
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!! Contains Examples Of:

* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Believed by Adele. Questioned heavily by Edna.
* TheCasanova: Alcee Arubin.
* CourtlyLove: What Robert and Edna have, although Edna does seem to desire a physical relationship with Robert.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel?
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Edna]].
* {{Foil}}: Adele to Edna. Adele and Mlle. Reisz are also this to each other.
* GRatedSex: The sex scenes are so G-rated students tend to completely miss them. The great irony of this is that when it was written the book was so raunchy it almost wasn't published.
* HystericalWoman: Mr. Pontellier thinks Edna is this, but the psychiatrist he calls to examine her encourages him to leave her be.
* LoveDodecahedron: A fairly mild case, [[spoiler: though with tragic results]]. Edna is married to Mr. Pontellier, but [[spoiler: she and Robert are in love, although she also has a lust-driven affair with Alcee as a sort of substitute while both Mr. Pontellier and Robert are away. Alcee is also flirty with other women,]] and Edna and Adele have some LesYay going on early in the story.
* MomentKiller: Celestine [[spoiler: walking in on Edna and Robert cuddling to tell Edna that Adele is having her baby.]]
* TheOphelia: Parallels can be drawn between [[spoiler:Edna's death and the death of Ophelia.]]
* ProperLady: Adele Ratignolle'. Her submissiveness and devotion to her family and husband make her an ideal woman. Adele is extremely sweet, feminine, and fragile. However, Adele Ratignolle's open-minded Creole ways help Edna to unleash her self and her inner artist.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Edna's affair with [[spoiler: Alcee]] is part of what finally makes her unwilling to continue [[spoiler: the life she has]].
* SpoiledBrat: Victor Lebrun, Robert's little brother who wants Edna for himself, despite only being 19.
* SympatheticAdulterer: [[spoiler:Edna.]]
* TrueBlueFemininity: The Farival twins wear white and blue, said to be the "Virgin's Colors".
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