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 The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

"On the enchanted night when Edna Pontellier first learns to swim, Kate Chopin depicts her heroine embracing the liberating powers of the sea. Under the sway of the ocean waves, Edna becomes a 'daring and reckless' woman, and though earlier a 'certain ungovernable dread hung about her when in the water,' she now 'wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before.'" -- Tara K. Parmiter, American Literary Realism