Abraham the King

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Chapter One

1. Explain the significance of the parrot and the mockingbird at the beginning of this chapter.

2. Why would Chopin have thought it important to include this detail in her brief mention of the children’s nurse?

3. Why would Ponterllier consider his suntanned wife to be a “damaged piece of property?

4. Who is Robert Lebrun?

5. What is his relationship with Edna?

Chapter Two

1. Describe Edna Pontellier.

2. What kind of person is Robert Lebrun?

3. What shift in point of view is evident in Chapter Two?

4. What do you learn about Robert and Edna from their conversation at the end of this chapter?

Chapter Three

1. How does Leonce’s behavior when he returns from the Klein Hotel reveal his attitude toward his wife?

2. What is the first sign that Edna is not completely happy with her life as it is?

3. Discuss how sounds are used as a backdrop to the scene of disagreement between Leonce and Enda?

4. How do the gifts Edna receives from her husband symbolize her marriage and most marriages of this time?

Chapter Four

1. Describe the unusual nature of the relationship between Edna and her children.

2. What is Chopin implying by this description: “They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.”

3. Who is Adele Ratingnolle, and how is she the embodiment of the “mother- woman”?

4. How does the fact that Edna is not a Creole affect her relationship with others on Grand Isle?

Chapter Five

1. How does Robert’s behavior toward Edna fit the pattern of Medieval and Renaissance courtly love?

2. What is the difference between Robert’s present attentions to Edna and his past attentions to Adele Ratignolle?

3. Compare Edna’s sketching with Adele’s sewing.

4. To what tradition is Chopin referring when she has Edna compare Adele to a Madonna?

5. What is ironic about the...
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