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Mademoiselle Reisz She was a disagreeable little woman no longer young who had quarreled with almost everyone owing to a temper which was self-assertive and a disposition to trample upon the rights of others 25 This is how Kate Chopin introduces the character of Mademoiselle Reisz into her novel The Awakening A character who because of the similarities she shares with Madame Pontellier could represent the path Madame Pontelliers life may have taken had she survived old age Mademoiselle Reiz is first introduced at a party when she plays the piano for Edna Pontellier Edna is described as being very fond of music25 Music is described as having a way of evoking pictures in Ednas mind and causing her to have visions of naked men the beach her children and many other images which in turn she attaches various names to 25 As Mademoiselle plays a series of physical changes affect Edna For example upon the first chord Chopin describes it as sending a keen tremor 26 down Ednas back and eventually the piece moves her to tears Days later Mademoiselle Reisz and Edna coincidentally meet and Mademoiselle invites Edna to visit her in the city This invitation starts the beginning of a great acquaintanceship There are many symbolic parallels and occurrences that may contribute to the list of similarities between Madame Pontellier and Mademoiselle Reisz The first similarity that can be seen between the two women was that of livelihood and talent Mademoiselle Reisz being the pianist that she was based her livelihood solely upon her talent by teaching piano lessons Edna on the other hand after becoming affiliated with Mademoiselle finds herself painting and sketching more frequently and soon decides to sell her art as a basis for income Another similarity between the two women is in regard to their taste in men At one point in the novel Mademoiselle Reisz mentions that If I were young and in love with a man
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