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. This lesson includes a summary of Kate Chopin’s short story A Pair of Silk Stockings. The lesson goes on to analyze the major themes in the.

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The struggle between cultures, the story of a black fishmonger and his former master’s family. She said she did not mind paying extra as long as she got what she desired. Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters.

This may be important as though it is possible that Mrs Sommers is a widow it is more likely that by making no mention of a husband Chopin is further suggesting that women in general at the time the story was written were responsible for the care and upbringing of their children.

Having approached this with my mind fixed on the fact this would be terrible, it was nice to be proved wrong. This is a story of escapism of a woman who wants to feel free for as long as she can a day after spending her entire life looking after her husband and children.

Now she rested her arm on the counter where gloves were for sale. Each story has a climax finale that is more than a zing and not always a sting.

It is the first story that appears in this collection. When she was finished, she counted the money out stkckings the waiter and left an extra coin on his tray. Jun 19, Bookdragon Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: She moved her toes around in the silk stockings. This is a collection of short stories, and I think I liked the title story best. View all 3 comments. A short story by Kate Chopin. Chopin has a real mastery of the short-story format, and each tale feels fully formed and vivid – though some are only 3 or 4 tiny pages long.


A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

The Marital Burden and the Lure of Consumerism”. She tried stockinga a pair of new boots. I have encouraged my wife to read these as I know she will appreciate each story.

This edition includes five short stories: Your storyteller was Barbara Klein. Do not be ethnocentric, it should not be that hard.

How good was the touch of the silk on her skin! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I have been meaning to read The Awakening for years and for some reason never got around to it, so when I saw this Little Black Classic, I figured that it late be a good temporary compromise. It seemed to her a very large amount of money.

Sommers, suddenly finds herself with a few extra dollars, and she must decide how to spend it. Little Mrs Sommers deserves every little thing she buys and does, is my opinion. The whole ‘book’ is 56 pages long, the perfect size to read while I was waiting at the hairdresser. Missus Sommers then took the elevator which carried her to an upper floor into the ladies’ rest area.

I think it is because she has a controlling husband. A young girl who stood behind the counter asked her if she wished to examine the silky leg coverings. The Awakening, considered Chopin’s masterpiece, was subject to harsh criticism at the time sik its frank approach to sexual themes.

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

Her life must either be thankless or challenging before she could even recognise that the emotion she felt was one of freedom. This book was read for the readwomen month.

Economy of words is a quality which I think might be underrated in our times —and not to say long books are not good I love long books and novels! A man with sharp eyes sat opposite her. I can imagine this story was shocking for the time it was written because, why would a woman earn freedom when she was supposed to be on a perfectly happy state —the state of marriage?


The young shoe salesman was unable to guess about her background. There was still money in her purse, and her next gift to herself presented itself as a theater advertisement. The story which gives the title to this collection might be the one just bit different, as it deals with a woman who is married and has many children to whom she is dedicated and one day, she has money of her own to pamper herself and she does without any regret.

Oscar died in and Kate was suddenl Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling novel, The Awakening. Jan 09, Rikke rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Armand changes his attitude toward his wife and view spoiler [we learn that the child begins showing black features hide spoiler ] ; as it was natural at the time, all that happens he blames on her.

She thought about her day. So I figured reading this little black classic would be a good start to get to know this author. She smiled as if she had been asked to inspect diamond jewelry with the aim of purchasing it.

Chopin is a delight, though. And still there would be enough left for new stockings — two pairs per child. She could push her way if need be. I think that it’ll take me another few readings before I’ll begin to get an inkling of what it’s about. They had given her a feeling of satisfaction, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed crowds. She laughed and cried at the play.

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