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Mrs. Pontellier's unfamiliarity with Creole culture, a theme developed in these chapters. Even though her neighbors are extremely friendly to her, Mrs. Pontellier can never be one of them. Not only does she fail to understand their unspoken rules and conventions, but she has not been exposed to the same carefree, sensuous summer environment that they grew up in. In other words, setting plays as important a role in rendering Mrs. Pontellier an outsider as does social upbringing.