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A Pair of Silk Stockings

Short Stories

by Kate Chopin Author · Susie Berneis Narrator


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In "A Pair of Silk Stockings," Mrs. Sommers, a once wealthy woman who has fallen on hard times comes into possession of a small fortune of $15. Planning to spend the money on clothing for her children, she becomes sidetracked at a shop counter, entranced by the smoothness of a pair of silk stockings. She goes on to spend the money on the stockings as well as new boots and gloves for herself. In succumbing to "mechanical impulses that direct her action," Mrs. Sommers resembles Edna Pontellier, the heroine of Kate Chopin's later masterpiece The Awakening. First published in Vogue in 1897.

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Kate Chopin (Author)

Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (1850-1904), was an American writer of short stories and novels based in Louisiana. Chopin is best known for her novel The Awakening, and for her short story collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acad...

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