The Awakening: Novel Summary: Part 20

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Chapter 20

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On one of her unhappy days, Edna visits Mademoiselle Reisz. She has trouble locating her, and learns that her former neighbors are glad to see her gone. This news only increases Edna's desire to see Mademoiselle Riesz. Edna decides to ask Madame Lebrun where the woman may be found. Victor-who is visiting from Grand Isle, where he lives-welcomes Edna into the Lebruns' home, and begins to tell her about his flirtations with a young woman. Edna finds the young man's tale amusing, but his mother's entrance into the room cuts the story short. Edna learns that Robert has written twice since his departure; when Edna reads the letters, she finds no message for or about her in them, as before (see Chapter XVI). Madame Lebrun gives a despondent Edna Mademoiselle Reisz' address. As Edna leaves, Victor remarks to his mother that Edna "doesn't seem like the same woman" she was over the summer.

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