The Awakening, and Selected Stories - At the 'Cadian Ball Summary & Analysis

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Summary

This story concerns two couples - Bobinôt and Calixta, and Alcée Laballière and Clarisse. Bobinôt wants to marry Calixta, but she has not yet agreed. Laballière is a successful planter who lives with his mother and cousin Clarisse, who is also his mother's goddaughter. When Clarisse learns Alcée is going to see Calixta at the ball, she follows him. She finds him flirting with Calixta and gets him to leave. On the way home, Clarisse admits she came because she loves him. At the same time, Calixta agrees to marry Bobinôt.

Analysis

This story displays parallels between the two young couples who are very different from one another. Calixta is portrayed as a sensual woman of hot blood and a bit of a reputation. Clarisse is cold and icy in contrast, a proud Creole woman who knows that...

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