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The Awakening and the Great October Storm of 1893

The Awakening and the Great October Storm of 1893 The Awakening and the Great October Storm of 1893 by Barbara C. Ewell and Pamela Glenn Menke “ Didn’t you know this was the twenty- eighth of August?” “The twenty- eighth of August?” “ Yes. On the twenty- eighth of August, at the hour of midnight, and if the moon is shining — the moon must be shining — a spirit that has haunted these shores for ages rises up from the Gulf. With its own penetrating vision the spirit seeks some one mortal worthy to hold him company, worthy of being exalted for a few hours into realms of the semi- celestials. His search has always hitherto been fruitless, and he has sunk back, disheartened, into the sea. But to- night he found Mrs. Pontellier. Perhaps he will never wholly release her from the spell. . . .” —Kate Chopin, The Awakening On the night that Edna Pontellier learns to swim on the shores of Grand Isle, realizing for the first time her powers over the water that had before only generated “an ungovernable dread,” Robert Lebrun teases her about having been captured by a spirit of the Gulf. Though Edna dismisses Robert’s story as “flippancy,” that twenty- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Awakening and the Great October Storm of 1893

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2010 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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The Awakening and the Great October Storm of 1893 by Barbara C. Ewell and Pamela Glenn Menke “ Didn’t you know this was the twenty- eighth of August?” “The twenty- eighth of August?” “ Yes. On the twenty- eighth of August, at the hour of midnight, and if the moon is shining — the moon must be shining — a spirit that has haunted these shores for ages rises up from the Gulf. With its own penetrating vision the spirit seeks some one mortal worthy to hold him company, worthy of being exalted for a few hours into realms of the semi- celestials. His search has always hitherto been fruitless, and he has sunk back, disheartened, into the sea. But to- night he found Mrs. Pontellier. Perhaps he will never wholly release her from the spell. . . .” —Kate Chopin, The Awakening On the night that Edna Pontellier learns to swim on the shores of Grand Isle, realizing for the first time her powers over the water that had before only generated “an ungovernable dread,” Robert Lebrun teases her about having been captured by a spirit of the Gulf. Though Edna dismisses Robert’s story as “flippancy,” that twenty-

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 4, 2010

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