“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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Women on the Color Line: Northwestern State UP, UP of Virginia, The Sitting Bee, 13 Sep. It seemed to her a very large amount of money.

A store down the street sold books and magazines. In many of the stories that Kate Chopin included in her two books of short stories, Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadiewe can tell a good deal about some characters because they live at a specific place in rural Louisiana, or they appear in several stories, or characters in other stories talk about them. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

Despite Mrs Sommers longing to return to a previous life, without responsibilities to others, the reader is aware that very little actually changes for her. But what is it? For the first time she seemed to be taking a rest from the tiring act of thought. 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.


U of Pennsylvania P, She had sometimes looked through the windows. Chopin may also be exploring the theme of consumerism. It was like a dream ended. But the temptation proves too much and she succumbs to the “mechanical impulse that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility”—words which prefigure Edna Pontellier in Chopin’s later novel The Awakening.

Sommers had been before her marriage a wealthy woman, but now “needs of the present absorbed her every faculty.

She slowly grew aware that her hand had felt something very pleasant to touch. Her daughter Mag should have another dress.

A Pair of Silk Stockings, Kate Chopin, characters, setting

For a day or two she walked around in a dreamy state as she thought about her choices. She handed the girl a five dollar bill and waited for her change and the wrapped box with the stockings.

She sat between richly dressed women who were there to spend the day eating sweets and showing off their costly clothing. Sommers’ physical exhaustion also mirrors the weakening of stofkings self resolve. She had noted the white table cloths, shining glasses and waiters serving wealthy people. Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness. Short stories by Kate Chopin short stories. How good was the touch of the silk on her skin! She tasted a bite, and she read a word or two and she slowly drank the wine.

Two red marks suddenly showed on her pale face. After the play ends, she boards the cable car to return home with “a poignant wish, a powerful longing that the cable car would never stop anywhere, but go on and on with her forever. A sign nearby announced that they had been reduced in price.

Short Story Analysis: A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin – The Sitting Bee

The story was first published in Vogue. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Louisiana State UP, The idea of her little family looking fresh and new for once in their lives made her restless with excitement.


Then she put her shoes back on and put her old stockings into her bag. She seated herself at a small table. It seemed lost in her worn old shopping bag. Another time she would have ignored the desire for food until reaching her own home.

The restaurant and theatre may also be symbolically significant as they are both environments to which Mrs Sommers is unaccustomed to and provide her with an avenue of escape.

She felt like lying back in the soft chair and enjoying the richness of it. There were other ktae where money might be spent. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

A Pair of Silk Stockings

In A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin we have the theme of responsibility, escape, independence, freedom, identity, consumerism and temptation. Now she rested her arm on the counter where gloves were for sale.

She would buy cloth for new shirts for the boys. She laughed and cried at the play. This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat MUSIC There was still money in her purse, stcokings her next gift to herself presented itself as a theater advertisement.