A Pair of Silk Stockings. Little Mrs. Sommers one day found herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. Kate Chopin’s Short Stories Summary and Analysis of “A Pair of Silk After choosing a black pair of stockings, Mrs. Sommers buys them and. This lesson includes a summary of Kate Chopin’s short story A Pair of Silk Stockings. The lesson goes on to analyze the major themes in the.

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I shall post a short review after reading each one.

It’s universal and timeless. My favourite story was the first Desiree’s Babyafter reading it I had to check what year it was written in. Aug 03, Jane Loik rated it liked it. As Mrs Sommers is waiting for the cable car to arrive the reader is given a slight insight into how she wishes her life could be. Both women lost themselves for a second or two as they quietly praised the little gloved hand. The story which gives the title to this collection might be the one just bit different, as it deals with a woman who is married and has many children to whom she is dedicated and one day, she has money of her own to pamper herself and she does without any regret.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Since it is a short story, the reader is not forced to think further, the reader is not confronted with the children lacking their new coats and hats once Mrs Sommers comes home – which is why I liked og story, tragic as it may be in its beauty. Chopin chose to write for Vogue because the magazine was uncharacteristically “fearless and truthful” for the s in its depiction of women and their lives.

It must of been absolutely sensational at the time. Mar 01, Yara Katd Narratologist rated it liked it Shelves: While waiting to be served she removed her gloves very slowly and set them beside her.


So I figured reading this little black classic would be a good start to get to know this author. She was trying to gather strength and courage to push through a mass of busy shoppers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was all very agreeable. When she had bought a pair they were always “bargains,” so cheap that it would have been unreasonable to have expected them to be fitted to her hand.

She rested her hand upon the counter.

Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters. As it is one of my favorite short stories, I stoclings think of any higher praise.

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening – A Pair of Silk Stockings

Then she picked up her magazine and akte through it. They had given her a feeling of satisfaction, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed crowds. These little black Penguins are going to be a permanent fixture in my handbag.

In the end, she doesn’t want to go back home; to her responsibilities. Our story today is called “A Pair of Silk Stockings. When she entered the theater, the play had already begun. I have been meaning to read The Awakening for years and for some reason never got around to it, so when I saw this Little Black Classic, I figured that it would be a good temporary compromise. On the day of her shopping stickings, Mrs. Now she rested her arm on the counter where gloves were for sale.

Set in the s the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chopin may be exploring the theme of responsibility and identity.

A beautiful little collection of short stories.

“A Pair of Silk Stockings,” Kate Chopin | Library of America

An Embarrassing Position This tiny story deals with miscegenation in Louisiana during the antebellum period, and how th This book was read for the readwomen month. Choipn was rediscovered in the s and has since become a standard of American literature, appreciated for its sophistication and artistry.


She herself never looked back to her younger days. The final revelation makes this short story a commentary on issues of both race and gender, revealing the weak position of women as well as the degradation of coloured people in 19th century Louisiana.

But the temptation proves too much and she succumbs to the “mechanical impulse that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility”—words which prefigure Edna Pontellier in Chopin’s later novel The Awakening.

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

Published inthe story follows Mrs. The Awakening, considered Chopin’s masterpiece, was subject to harsh criticism at the time for its frank approach to sexual themes. Missus Sommers knew the value of finding things for sale at reduced prices. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. It is the first story that appears in this collection. Oct 15, Ahmed Ejaz rated it really liked it Shelves: He bowed to her as if she were a princess of royal blood.

It is a powerful story even in our times. Sommers rests at a counter silkk she will begin her shopping adventure. Because, then there was: I am speechless, honestly, I had to read the story twice. Hopefully I will find cchopin classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection. I must remember to read more of this author. It was just painful to see him direct it towards his wife and their innocent son.

Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Often to the detriment of self. What time that would save her in always repairing old stockings!

Return to Book Page. But out shopping, she inadvertently lays her hand on a pair of silk stockings, and they are on sale so she buys them.

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