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HOME TEST 2

Read the short story given below. Do a thorough vocabulary work and accomplish the tasks that follow the story.

K. CHOPIN

The Story of an Hour

Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death.

It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences, veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. Her husband’s friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of “killed”. He had only taken the time to assure himself of its truth by a second telegram, and had hastened to forestall any less careful, less tender friend in bearing the sad message.

She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.

There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.

She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.

There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled above the other in the west facing her window.

She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair quite motionless, except when a sob came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams.

She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength. But now there was a dull stare in her eyes, whose gaze was fixed away off yonder on one of those patches of blue sky. It was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought.

There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name. But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air.

Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously. She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will-as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been.

When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: “Free, free, free!” The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.

She did not stop to ask if it were not a monstrous joy that held her. A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial.

She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.

There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending her in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination.

And yet she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!

“Free! Body and soul free!” she kept whispering.

Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole, imploring for admission. “Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door—you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven’s sake open the door.”

“Go away. I am not making myself ill.” No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through the open window.

Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.

She arose at length and opened the door to her sister’s importunities. There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory. She clasped her sister’s waist, and together they descended the stairs. Richards stood waiting for them at the bottom.

Some one was opening the front door with a latchkey. It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella. He had been far from the scene of accident, and did not even know there had been one. He stood amazed at Josephine’s piercing cry; at Richards’ quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife. But Richards was too late.

When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease—of joy that kills.

1. Improve the following summary:

The story I am going to analyze is very interesting. Louise Mallard, a young woman with a heart trouble, receives the news of her husband’s death in a road accident. Greatly shocked at first she retreated to her room to grieve but suddenly felt relieved. Louise realizes now that her husband is dead she is free to live as she chooses and do what she likes: “Free! Body and soul free!” The young woman anticipates the beginning of a new life, while her sister Josephine is entreating her to calm down: “Open the door, Louise, you will make yourself ill!” When Louise is down with her relatives again, the entrance door opens and her husband, Brently Mallard, appears “composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella”. It turns out that the husband’s death has been a mistake. Louise’s weak heart could not endure one more shock and she died instantly. Everyone was sure that she had been glad to see her husband safely back home and died “of joy that kills”. I think the main problems touched upon in the short story are those of freedom and self-assertion of a woman.

2. Define the forms of presentation in the short story and try to relate it from one of the following points of view:

  1.  first-person narrator: a minor character in the story (Josephine, Brently Mallard or a doctor);
  2.  first-person narrator: the main character (Louise Mallard);
  3.  third-person narrator: limited (a minor character)
  4.  third-person narrator: objective.

3. Fill in the chart taking into consideration the information about the setting of a story:

Element

Example

Function

1. Domestic interior

(physical objects)

2.

There were patches of blue sky showing here and

there through the clouds that had met and piled

above the other in the west facing her window.

3. Landscape

 

KEY TO HOME TEST 2

1. The story “The Story of an Hour” is written by Kate Chopin. The main character, Louise Mallard, a young woman with a heart trouble, receives the news of her husband’s death in a road accident. Greatly shocked at first she retreats to her room to grieve but suddenly feels relieved. Louise realizes now that her husband is dead she is free to live as she chooses and do what she likes. When Louise is down with her relatives again, the entrance door opens and her husband, Brently Mallard, appears. It turns out that the husband’s death has been a mistake. Louise’s weak heart can’t endure one more shock and she dies instantly. Everyone is sure that she dies because she is glad to see her husband safely back home.

2. a) My younger sister Louise had a serious heart trouble so when the news about her husband’s death in a road accident arrived, I tried to tell her about it as carefully as possible. She wept at once and then retired to her room to grieve. I begged her to open the door and finally she joined us downstairs. Then suddenly the entrance door opened and Brently appeared safe and sound! Louise screamed and fell down. We did our best to revive her but I think the joy of having Brently restored to life and his family was too much for her weak heart. Louise died so young and I don’t know how her husband and I will get over it.

b) When I heard Brently was dead I felt a pang in the heart and a strike of real grief, of a loss. I rushed to my room as I couldn’t bear any consolation at that moment. I fell into the armchair to cry my heart out but all of a sudden I felt a relief. Brently is gone, what am I going to do? But I am young and attractive and rich! I am absolutely free to live as I choose and do what I like! I will live long, I will be happy! But my sister is calling for me behind the door. I’d better go and pretend I’m absolutely killed. But what is it? The door opens… Brently?! Could it be Brently?! Oh, no! No, Lord! No…

c)… he came back home at the usual hour and opened the door with his own key. He saw the white faces of his relatives turning to him, their swollen eyes opening wide. Then Louise gave a faint cry and fell on the floor. He had always known she had a serious heart trouble, but he wasn’t prepared—no, not her, she was so young and beautiful! They all rushed to her, tried to revive her but in vain. He remembered doctors came and explained things about weak hearts but he didn’t listen, he also felt sick at heart. Josephine had told him Louise just couldn’t stand two shocks in an hour and died of joy that kills. What a cruel irony of fate…

d) On that sweet spring morning Louise Mallard, a young woman with a heart trouble, received a terrible blow—her husband was said to have been killed in a road accident. Her sister Josephine was really careful and tender trying to console her, but Louise rushed to her room. She fell into the armchair and cried bitterly, but then, looking into the window on a glorious spring landscape, she gradually calmed down and joined her relatives downstairs. At that moment the entrance door opened and her husband came in. The news of his death turned out to be a mistake. At seeing her husband Louise fell dead. Doctors said her weak heart had failed her—she died of joy that kills.

 

3.

Element

Example

Function

1. Domestic interior

(physical objects)

There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank…

The description of one’s domestic interior helps to make out the character’s social background, mode of life, habits, financial state, personal tastes, preferences and dislikes.

2. Nature

There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had  met and piled above the other in the west  facing her window.

The natural phenomena, described in a setting, serve as a means of  expressing the emotional state of the character, as a background for the character’s state of mind, mood, feelings. The patches of blue sky showing through the clouds  symbolize the gradual change in Louise’s mood: the troubles and misfortunes of her married life give way to the happiness of freedom and self-assertion, to new plans and hopes.

3. Surrounding

landscape

She could see in the open square before her tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which someone was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.

Seasons in fiction are often associated with stages of a human life. “Spring” symbolizes the beginning of a new life, a better one, for Louise. Spring is generally associated with the revival of Nature from a long winter sleep (Louise’s married life). Louise feels renewed, all her feelings and senses awaken –she now perceives and enjoys life with all her senses: smell (the delicious breath of rain), hearing (the distant song, the twitter of birds), eyesight (the tops…aquiver with new life), touch (the comfortable armchair). She enjoys her revival and anticipates her future free life, full of hopes and happiness. (The same idea is stressed with the image of an open window).




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