Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Screenplay as Interpretation

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ROBERT: Are you ready for your lesson, Mrs. Pontellier?

The camera pulls back as Edna looks toward Victor, who now swims toward shore. The camera follows him as Edna speaks off- screen.

EDNA: Is it so foolish of me?


Scene 6. Present time: Spring. Adèle's children say goodnight.

This next shot is very formal. As before, the camera shoots into Adèle's bedroom as though it were a stage set. Adèle half reclines on the lounge, and Edna sits at the foot of the bed, with her back against the tall post. The three little nightgowned RATIGNOLLE CHILDREN line up alongside the lounge. Adèle clasps the hand of the littlest one and pulls her toward her. In the doorway is the dim figure of ALPHONSE RATIGNOLLE. He is tall, thin, and has a tapered moustache.

ALPHONSE: I hear the doctor's coach.


Scene 7. Past time: Summer. Edna and Léonce quarrel.

It is evening, and the small bedroom of the Pontellier summer cottage is rather dark. The camera makes a slow circular movement around the pleasingly crowded room and surveys the dim shapes of an armoire and a liquor cabinet, and the disarray of clothes. White lace curtains hang at the window and porch door. The camera stops at the dresser mirror, which reflects a canopied bed. Edna is asleep on her side, an arm across her face. The camera turns to the inner door, which is draped with a beaded curtain.

LÉONCE PONTELLIER enters the room. He is in his thirties, of average height and dark complexion. In close shot Léonce lights the dresser lamp and looks over at the bed. The camera moves back so that both Léonce at the dresser, and Edna in bed, are visible in the frame. He appears to be in high spirits as he empties his pockets. Léonce takes out a roll of money and counts it. Then he turns and holds it up to Edna. Léonce shrugs as he puts it down. He will pick

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