“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. 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. Our story today is called “A Pair of Silk Stockings.” It was written by Kate Chopin. Here is Barbara Klein with the story. (MUSIC). STORYTELLER.

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There she finds a pair of silk stockings for sale and is entranced by their smoothness. The table cloths katw even more clean and white than they had seemed through the window. The ending of the story is also interesting. What a very small box it was! And still there would be enough left for new stockings — two pairs per child.

For a day, a poor mother has a taste of the good life. Cite Post McManus, Dermot.

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Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness. The Marital Burden and the Lure of Consumerism”. A young girl who stood behind the counter asked her if she wished to examine the silky leg coverings. She wore no gloves. Rather than marriage or parenthood being seen as sllk partnership sockings both the male and female sharing responsibility Chopin may be suggesting that for the majority of women their role in life was to look after their children rather than share an equal footing within a marriage.


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

She could stand for hours making her way little by little toward the desired object that was selling below cost. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. A pleasing piece of music could be heard, and a gentle wind was blowing through the window. Until she finds the stockings, Mrs.

There were many others who were there only to watch the play. Short stories by Kate Chopin short stories. There were ladies and gentlemen, who did not notice her, lunching at the small tables like her own. She seated herself at a small table. She herself never looked back to her younger days. 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.

Vogue published these stories so earnestly that, Toth suggests, it gave Chopin the decidedly false impression that American reviewers would be accepting of her coming scandalous The Awakening.

She purchases boots to go with her stockings, buys fitted kid gloves, reads expensive magazines while lunching at a high-class restaurant, and ends her day sharing chocolates with a fellow theatre goer. She tried on a pair of new boots. A store down the street sold books and magazines.


He bowed to her as if she were a princess of royal blood.

After buying the new boots, she went to the glove department. She felt like lying back in the soft chair and enjoying the richness of it. How good was the touch of the silk on her skin! A waiter came at once to take her order.

It is also interesting that there is no mention of a Mr Sommers in the story. She tasted a bite, and she read a word or two and she slowly drank the wine. But the temptation proves too much and she succumbs to the “mechanical impulse that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility”—words which prefigure Edna Pontellier in Chopin’s later novel The Awakening. Missus Sommers bought two costly magazines that she used to read back when she had been able to enjoy other pleasant things.