“A Pair of Silk Stockings” was written by Kate Chopin in April of and later published in Known for including in her stories local color from the. A Pair of Silk Stockings. Little Mrs. Sommers one day found herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. Kate Chopin’s Short Stories Summary and Analysis of “A Pair of Silk After choosing a black pair of stockings, Mrs. Sommers buys them and.

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She had sometimes looked through the windows. In many of the stories that Kate Chopin included in her two books of short stories, Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadiewe can tell a good kzte about some characters because they live at a specific place in rural Louisiana, or they appear in several stories, or characters in other stories talk about them.

A dollar or two could be added to the price she usually paid for her daughter Janie’s shoes. The restaurant and theatre may also be symbolically significant as they are both environments to which Mrs Sommers is unaccustomed to and provide her with an avenue of escape.


Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening – A Pair of Silk Stockings

The ending of the story is also interesting. Sommers had been before her marriage a wealthy woman, but now “needs of the present absorbed her every faculty.

She told the young salesman that she wanted an excellent and stylish fit. She slowly grew aware that her hand had felt something very pleasant to touch. Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness.

The story takes place in an unnamed city—a city large enough to have a department store, a fashionable restaurant, a theatre, and a cable car—probably in the early s.

A waiter came at once to take her order. But what is it? Two red marks suddenly showed on her pale face. When stockinvs entered, her appearance created no surprise or concern, as she had half feared it might.

A Pair of Silk Stockings, Kate Chopin, characters, setting

Complete Novels and Stories. Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters. Here is Barbara Klein with the story. Edited by Sandra Gilbert. She thought about her day.

Chopin may also be exploring the theme of consumerism. She could not believe that they were a part of herself. Sommers and Edna Pontellier, but one is especially noticeable.

When she had bought a pair they pairr always “bargains,” so cheap that it would have been unreasonable to have expected them to be fitted to her hand. Sommers who prefers spending a windfall on herself, rather than on her children.


This story was adapted and produced by Dana Demange.

In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and or the page. After the play ends, she boards the cable car to return home with “a poignant wish, a powerful longing that the cable car would never stop anywhere, but go on and on with her forever. She rested her hand upon the counter. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

She lifted her skirts as she crossed the street.

A Pair of Silk Stockings

What a very small box it was! She had eaten a light meal—no! A Critical Biography Baton Rouge: What happens to Mrs. For the first time she seemed to be taking a rest from the tiring act of thought. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. U of Pennsylvania P, Wikisource has original text related to this article: