The Awakening: Novel Summary: Part 29

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 Without waiting for her husbands opinion, Edna moves into her new house, feeling “like one who has entered and lingered within the portals of some forbidden temple in which a thousand muffled voices bade her begone”-an evocative description of the transgression against les convenances Edna feels she is committing. She takes with her to the new house everything that is truly hers, nothing which Mr. Pontellier acquired for her. Arobin visits her as she is working alongside her maid, preparing the house. He is alarmed to see her climbing a tall ladder: “Do you want to kill yourself?” he asks her, in a moment of foreshadowing. Significantly, he refers to the dinner Edna is planning as the coup d?tat. He recognizes it for the act of rebellion that it is.