Kate Chopin's the Awakening: Screenplay as Interpretation

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EDNA: At times his company is pleasant.

ADÈLE: (Offscreen) Mme Lebrun paid us a visit. She speaks the same of Victor. And she has news from Robert. He is on his way home.

It's difficult to gauge Edna's reaction to this news. Her face reveals her pleasure, yet she speaks with an edge of irritation.

EDNA: I didn't hear a word. (Pause) Why did he forget about me?

ADÈLE: (Offscreen) Robert? Forget you! Perhaps, Edna, he feared to remember you.

EDNA: Then, do you thi--

The camera pulls back as Adèle rises.

ADÈLE: I'm becoming uneasy. When will I see you again?

EDNA: (She rises.) Let me order the carriage. You've overdone.

ADÈLE: (She fusses with her dress.) Yes. I cannot refuse.

A new shot: Edna and Adèle stand by the front gate, Edna inside, and Adèle outside. They are at an angle to each other.

ADÈLE: Will you be with me, when my time comes? You are so calm.

EDNA: Of course, Adèle. Send for me. I will come at once.

ADÈLE: Promise?

EDNA: Whatever time of day or night.


Scene 11. Past time: Winter. Edna gives a dinner party.

A new shot: slowly and with a lateral movement the camera pulls back to unfold the full glamor of the Pontellier dining room transformed into a luxuriant setting. The heavy draperies of the background wall are drawn to reveal the opulent side garden; the glass French doors stand open. Elegant lamps illuminate the thick foliage. Standing alone in the center is a small fountain, with water gently cascading down its three tiers. The dining room is rearranged for the dinner party. The table is lengthwise in the frame, with the garden for a background. The table looks sumptuous; there are silver and gold table settings, damask linen, yellow silk shades over miniature candles, and at each place a small bouquet of the ever-present roses.

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