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The ImpressionistThe opponent has just made his final play The outcome of the game all depends on the next move The mind which was once hazy is now becoming clearer The goal is now in focus She makes her move towards the left and then quickly retreats as though her body were to be sliced in half She thinks this cannot be right just because that move works for my teammate does not mean that it is right for me There are two paths that can be taken to ensure victory or as it seems to the inexperienced player Right or left which is it She thinks of playing towards the right as she has done so many times before but she is tired of being predictable and fakes to the left Did she overcome her opponent and win the game or did she lose by choosing the wrong way Time was running out and the crowd began to count Five Four Three Two and she forfeits the game The game is life and Edna Pontellier is up against the most experienced competitor society Her options are limited a cross between Madame Ratignolles ideal mother-woman persona and the seclusion of Madame Reisz Edna finds neither of these paths satisfactory as her desire for artistic and sexual freedom reaches its maturity Edna forfeits life refusing to choose nothing less than to live it in defiance of Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz who are two unacceptable images of womanhood set before herEdna cannot fully identify with Adele Ratignolle the typical mother-woman who finds fulfillment in rearing her children and obeying thy husband Edna will give up the unessential her money and even give her life for her children but she will not give herselfp80 Mrs Pontellier is boldly stating that she will do for her children all but give up her soul and will to live She feels that her freedom is non-negotiable and to do with
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