Notes on Objects & Places from The Awakening

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The Awakening Objects/Places

Lebrun Cottages: The Lebrun family owns the cottages at Grande Isle where the first third of the book takes place. Madame Lebrun runs them and befriends Edna Pontellier.

Klein's: Klein's is the hotel near Grande Isle in which Leonce Pontellier spends much time and money. Most of the young men, older men, businessmen, and husbands pass the summer evenings at Klein's.

Carondelet Street: Carondelet Street is the street in New Orleans where Leonce Pontellier does much of his business and bumps into Robert Lebrun on several occasions.

The Ocean/Sea: Edna and Robert kindle their romance by the ocean. Edna loves the water and learns how to swim, spending most of her free time inside the open arms of the sea. She eventually meets her end, while wandering deep into the ocean water.

Chopin Impromtu: Mademoiselle Reisz plays the Chopin Impromptu at Grande Isle, mesmerizing Edna. Robert writes to her, telling her to play the Chopin Impromptu for Edna whenever she asks.

Esplanade Street: The Pontellier house is located on Esplanade Street, a sophisticated, wealthy section of New Orleans.

Pigeon house: The pigeon-house is Edna's new, small home, where she keeps only one servant, paints, and finds her freedom and independence.

Cheniere: Cheniere is the church on Grand Isle, which many people attend. When Edna and Robert attend, she faints.

Grande Isle: Grande Isle is the location of the summer home for the Pontellier's and Ratignolle's. They stay at the Lebrun cottages during these summer months. Edna and Robert meet and spend all their time together while on Grande Isle.

New Orleans: Edna and Leonce live in the city of New Orleans during the remainder of the year. Leonce leaves New Orleans during a large portion of the novel to work in New York.

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