“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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She laughed and cried at the play. There were many others who were there only to watch the play. Your storyteller was Barbara Klein. For a day, a poor mother has a taste of the good life. A store down the street sold books and magazines.

Kate Chopin: “A Pair of Silk Stockings”

What a very small box it was! There is also some symbolism in the story which may be important. She could not believe that they were a part of herself.

Now she used both hands, holding the stockings up to see the light shine through them. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. There she finds a pair of silk stockings for sale and is entranced by their smoothness. People seem to assume that Mrs. A sign nearby announced that they had been reduced in price. When she was finished, she counted the money out to the waiter and left an extra coin on his tray. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.


Two red marks suddenly showed on her pale face. She moved her toes around in the silk stockings. In other projects Wikisource.

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

She was very hungry. Retrieved from ” https: Sommers does not appear in any other Chopin story and nobody in any other story speaks of her.

Louisiana State University Press, She keeps her focus on Mrs. The Sitting Bee, 13 Sep.

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

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.

Our story today is called “A Pair of Silk Stockings. University Press of Mississippi. The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival. But what is it? MUSIC There was still money in her purse, and her next gift to herself presented itself as a theater advertisement.

There was still money in her purse, and her next gift to herself presented itself as a theater advertisement. Next, she went to the shoe department, sat down and waited to be fitted.

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin. Louisiana Stocking UP, UP stockingd America, In A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin we have the theme of responsibility, escape, independence, freedom, identity, consumerism and temptation.

At Fault The Awakening She had eaten a light meal—no! Then she picked up her magazine and looked through it. She ordered six oysters, a chop, something sweet, a glass of wine and a cup of coffee. Louisiana State UP, Sommers’ social standing had been before her marriage, zilk see how her marriage has reduced her.


The neighbors are all aware of what Mrs. When she had bought a pair they were always “bargains,” so cheap that it would have been unreasonable to have expected them to be fitted to her hand. She held back her skirts and turned her feet one way and her head another way as she looked down at chopln shiny, pointed boots.

This may be important as though it is possible that Mrs Sommers is a widow stockigns 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. There may be many resemblances between Mrs.

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. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Your email address will not be published. Facebook Twitter Email Print.

It was like a dream ended.