The Question and Answer section for The Chrysanthemums is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Elisa's easy banter with the tinker, her eloquence in describing the intuitive connection she has with her chrysanthemums, and her robust energy indicates that she is in the prime of her life physically and intellectually.
There is a lot of anticipation mixed with sexuality. Elsa feels sexually and emotionally dormant. Her preparation for her evening out personifies her latent desires.
The Chrysanthemums represent Elsa's womanhood. They symbolize her body in all its forms from children to her sexuality.