* The book opens on Grand Isle where the Pontellier family, LÃ©once, Edna and their two sons, Raoul and Ã‰tienne, are vacationing for the summer. Many of the summer residents are of Creole descent.
* LÃ©once treats his wife like a valuable possession.
* Robert Lebrun, a young, single man, spends much of his time with Edna, whose husband has to work in the city and only comes to the island on weekends.
* Robert is the son of the woman who rents the cottages out to the wealthy summer visitors.
* Chapter 4 introduces Madame AdÃ¨le Ratignolle, one of Edna's friends and who Edna believes embodies the finest attributes of womanhood.
* Edna is Protestant, Kentucky heritage and does not fully understand the Creole, Catholic culture into which she has married.
* The Creole culture maintains much more intimate friendships than Edna is accustomed to and this sometimes...
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