The Chrysanthemums

hw does Elisa's husband and the traveler unontentionally insult her?


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When Elisa’s husband got home and saw her, he said, “Why – why, Elisa. You look so nice!” With her boost of confidence now, she says “Nice? You think I look nice? What do you mean by ‘nice’?” (Page 212) Elisa obviously goes on the offense and wonders why she just looks “nice.” For the last critical scene of symbolism, Elisa sees her precious chrysanthemum on the ground, but without the pot it was given in. With everything that happened between the stranger and Elisa, this could be explained by simply saying, “used.” She was basically fooled into giving herself away to someone who showed some interest in her.