A Pair of Silk Stockings
"A Pair of Silk Stockings" is a story about a woman who loves her children, but through an ordinary pair of stockings, realizes that she must do something for herself. The stockings gave her some freedom from just being a parent. They introduced her to a world of fantastic rewards that she greatly deserved. Mrs. Sommers didn't really change, she became a better person. The author uses imagery to describe her shopping spree and her entire day, as I will point out later on. One day Mrs. Sommers found fifteen dollars. She thought about what she would do with the money. "She did not wish to act hastily, to do anything she might afterwards regret." (Page 505) Mrs. Sommers first thought was to take care of her children. She always put her children first. They needed shoes, shirtwaists and a gown for her daughter. She thought, "A dollar or two should be added to the price usually paid for Janie's shoes." "She would buy so-and-so many yards of percale for new shirtwaists for the boys and Janie and Mag. Mag should have another gown." (Page 505) Mrs. Sommers went shopping with her fifteen dollars. She felt a little faint and tired because she had forgotten to eat lunch. She sat on a stool near a counter. Mrs. Sommers began to feel limp all over. She rested her hand on the counter. When she looked down, she realized that her hand was laying on top of a pile of silk stockings. After examining them, Mrs. Sommers bought a pair. She got up and decided to go the upper floor where the ladies waiting rooms were. There, she took of her old stockings. She put on the new stockings. Mrs. Sommers felt really good after putting on the new stockings. She reveled in the luxury of it. The author used imagery here to let us feel what Mrs. Sommers was feeling while wearing the stockings. She decided to buy it. She wanted, "an excellent and stylish fit
and she did not mind the difference of a dollar or two more in the...
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