The Awakening

how does robert relate to women on the island

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The narrator establishes that Robert and Mrs. Pontellier's friendship, though close, is not unusual in the context of Creole society, and particularly in the context of Robert's past. Though Robert speaks openly of his passion for Madame Ratignolle and other summertime flames, he is not successful in his pursuits because he does not intend to be. He often follows married women around and never intends to seduce them, though he may do their bidding and speak loudly and dramatically of his undying love for them.