* Mr. Pontellier struggles to read his paper amid the rural, non-business environment in which he finds himself.
* He notices Madame LeBrun, owner of the cottages where he and his family are vacationing ordering others around.
* He also sees his wife, Edna Pontellier, and her friend, Robert LeBrun, enjoying one another's company.
* When Edna and Robert join him, he cannot understand why Robert finds Edna interesting at all.
* Mr. Pontellier leaves to spend time at Klein's and enjoy the company of other like-minded men. His sons follow him.
* Mrs. Pontellier and Robert stay behind on the porch.
* Robert smokes cigarettes because he cannot afford cigars
* We learn that Robert spends all his summers here with his mother and that Edna originally comes from Kentucky.
* Edna goes inside while Robert plays with the children who adore him.
* Mr. Pontellier returns from his evening in high spirits but is...
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