“A Pair of Silk Stockings” was written by Kate Chopin in April of and later published in Known for including in her stories local color from the. A Pair of Silk Stockings. Little Mrs. Sommers one day found herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. Kate Chopin’s Short Stories Summary and Analysis of “A Pair of Silk After choosing a black pair of stockings, Mrs. Sommers buys them and.

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The young shoe salesman was unable to guess about her background. She had noted the white table cloths, shining glasses and waiters serving wealthy people. She tasted a bite, and she read a word or two and she slowly drank the wine.

A store down the street sold books kae magazines. Rather than marriage or parenthood being seen as a partnership with both the male and female sharing responsibility Chopin may be suggesting that for the majority of women their role in life was to look after their children rather than share an equal footing within a marriage. It was emerging, and it included what Robert Arner in the essay collection Awakenings: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Short Story: ‘A Pair of Silk Stockings’ by Kate Chopin

She said she did not mind paying extra as long as she got what she desired. Stockinvs were other places where money might be spent. It is possible that Chopin stockngs introducing this line into the story is also suggesting that not all women, when they got married, found that their circumstances had improved. The Marital Burden and the Lure of Consumerism”. Beyond the Bayou Baton Rouge: In other projects Wikisource. She gathered in everything —stage and players and people — in one wide sensation.


This may be important as though it is possible that Mrs Sommers is a widow it is more likely that by making no mention of a husband Chopin is further suggesting that women in general at the time the story was written were responsible for the care and upbringing of their children.

Sommers had been before her marriage a wealthy woman, but now “needs of the present absorbed her every faculty. The neighbors are all aware of what Mrs. Verging on the Abyss: But the force that was guiding her would not permit her to act on such a thought.

It was a long time since Missus Sommers had been fitted with gloves. Little Missus Sommers one day found herself the unexpected owner of fifteen dollars.

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening – A Pair of Silk Stockings

Two red marks suddenly showed on her pale face. Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters.

A Critical Biography Baton Rouge: Then he would sense her heartbreaking wish that the cable car would never stop anywhere, but go on and on with her forever. She even talked a little with the women. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. Wikisource kae original text related to this article: While waiting to be served she removed her gloves very slowly and set them beside her.


Retrieved from ” https: Stlckings is also some symbolism in the story which may be important.

A Pair of Silk Stockings – Wikipedia

Sommers reminds me of Edna Pontellier in The Awakening. When she entered, her appearance created no surprise or concern, as she had half feared it might. She stoockings like lying back in the soft chair and enjoying the richness of it. In truth, he saw nothing — unless he was a magician.

Here is Barbara Klein with the story. Edna is certainly not poor. After a few days of reflection, she decides to use the money to purchase clothing for her children so they may look “fresh and dainty and new for once in their lives. And the crystal drinking glasses shined even more brightly. islk

What time that would save her in always repairing old stockings! There was a restaurant at the corner. Your email address will not be published.