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Mrs. Mallard seems to stare at the "patches of blue sky." as the blue sky breaks through the clouds, so does the realization of freedom burst into Louise’s soul. Fearfully, she tries to fight back what she feels; she "was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will" (521-522). Finally, Louise gives in to her emotions and begins to whisper that she is now "free, free, free."