Apparently Chopin did not submit it to magazines because she understood that no editor at the time would publish a work as sexually explicit as this one. The emphasis is on the momentary joy of the amoral cosmic force. There are further details in some of the questions and answers below.
Here is Barbara Klein with the story. Louisiana Bayou Athenaise went away one morning to visit her parents, ten miles back on the Bon Dieu River in Louisiana. She did not return in the evening, and Cazeau, her husband, was worried. He ate alone by the light of a coal-oil lamp. It is not right!
Cazeau shrugged his shoulders. He was used to being alone and did not mind a night or two of it. Cazeau stood up and walked outside. The night was beginning to deepen and gather black around the groups of trees in the yard. Far away, he could hear the sound of someone playing an accordion.
Nearby, a baby was crying. He still had much farm work to do before bed time. He did not have time to think about Athenaise.
But he felt her absence like a deep pain. The marriage had been a mistake. He had only to look into her eyes to feel that, to sense her growing dislike of him. But, the marriage could not be undone. And he was ready to make the best of it and expected the same effort from her.
These sad thoughts kept Cazeau awake far into the night. The moon was shining and its pale light reached into the room. It was still outside, with no sound except the distant notes of the accordion. On the third day, Cazeau prepared his horse and went himself in search of her.
The house was far too big for their use. Upstairs, the rooms were so large and empty that they were used for parties.
She stood up to greet Cazeau. She was short and fat with a cheery face. But she was clearly tense as Cazeau arrived.
But he was not uneasy. He made no effort to hide his dislike of Cazeau. They both respected Cazeau and talked highly of him. The boys would not let their sister leave! Do you have dances every night? When Athenaise said she was not returning to Cazeau she meant it. Upon arriving home, Athenaise had announced she was there to stay.
It was difficult for her to understand why she had married. Girls were just expected to get married.Three years ago, Story of the Week presented the Kate Chopin story, “A Respectable Woman,” whose heroine is unsettled by her attraction to Gouvernail, her husband’s friend.
Gouvernail appears again in the much longer, more complex story “Athénaïse,” and he fills a very similar role: the. Detailed information on Kate Chopin's Athénaïse: characters, setting.
For students, scholars, and readers. ashio-midori.com The Kate Chopin International Society. I am a reporter in Washington DC and have recently written an abbreviated adaptation of Kate Chopin’s short story “Athénaïse” for one of our weekly features on American.
This short story by Kate Chopin features the characters Athenaise, who has been recently married to Cazeau, her brother, called Monteclin and another man called Gouvernail.
The story starts with. “Athénaïse” is Kate Chopin’s short story about a willful young woman who runs away from her husband’s Louisiana plantation and lives secretly in New Orleans. “Athénaïse” was the Library of America’s “Story of the Week” for the first week in February The key theme in this short story is a theme that is explored in many of Chopin's works, which is the theme of marriage and woman's role within it.
What leads Athenaise to reject her husband and. “The Story of an Hour” is Kate Chopin’s short story about the thoughts of a woman after she is told that her husband has died in an accident.
The story first appeared in Vogue in and is today one of Chopin’s most popular works.