The Question and Answer section for The Chrysanthemums is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
After the stranger leaves, Elisa goes into her house, takes a bath, puts on her prettiest dress, puts on her make-up, ann waits for her husband to come home. The couple has plans to go out for dinner and to catch a movie.
Elisa react to his departure with sorrow an longing for her own life.... because she wishes that she could travel independently the way he does.
The stranger feigns interest in Elisa's flowers in order to engage her..... and to get himself some work. He is an excellent salesman.