The Question and Answer section for The Chrysanthemums is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
You would be correct. From the story, The Chrysanthemums, we can infer that Steinbeck embraced the old saying, "a woman's place is in the home." Elisa's husband certainly believes that she should be content.... as does the stranger, who...
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.