Kate Chopin's Short Stories

What emotion does Mrs. Mallard experience during the hour she spends alone in her room? (Support your answer with lines from the story.)

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"When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body."

"She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome."

"Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering."

"Go away. I am not making myself ill." No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window."

"She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long."


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