“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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When she entered the theater, the play had already begun. She lifted her skirts as she crossed the street.

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

Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness. She sat between richly dressed women who were there to spend the day eating sweets and showing off their costly clothing.

But she went on feeling the soft, costly items. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

She had no time to think about the past. As Mrs Sommers is waiting for the cable car to arrive the reader is given a slight insight into how she wishes her life could be.

She said she did not mind paying extra as long as she got what she desired. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. She could not believe that they were a part of herself. Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters. Allen Stein argues that serpentine silk stockings represent the empty consumerism that Mrs. A man with sharp eyes sat opposite her. 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.


Apparently Chopin did not consider Mrs. Her new stockings and boots and gloves had worked wonders for her appearance.

Kate Chopin: “A Pair of Silk Stockings”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She would buy cloth for new shirts for the boys.

However just as Mrs Stoxkings spends her day buying clothes for herself, in the belief that it will improve her life, the freedom or happiness she may feel is short lived and does not last. There were ladies and gentlemen, who did not notice her, lunching at the small tables like her own.

She wore no gloves.

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 ov was to look after their children rather than share an equal footing within a marriage. Edna is certainly not poor. A young shop girl drew a soft, leather glove over Missus Sommers’s hand.

By telling the reader that Mrs Sommers intends to spend the majority of the fifteen dollars on shoes and clothes for her children not only is Chopin suggesting that Mrs Sommers is aware that she has a responsibility for the care and upbringing of her children but it is also possible that Chopin is suggesting that Mrs Sommers also identifies herself as a mother first, atockings than as an individual.

He bowed to her as if she were a princess of royal blood. Beyond the Bayou Baton Rouge: Edited by Sandra Gilbert. In an empty corner, she replaced her cotton stockings for the new silk ones. Chopin chose to write for Vogue because the magazine was uncharacteristically “fearless and truthful” for the s in its depiction of women and their lives. There were a great number of stockings in her size. Complete Novels and Stories.


She had noted the white table cloths, shining glasses and waiters serving wealthy people. But what is it?

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

A dollar or two could be added to the price she usually paid for her daughter Janie’s shoes. What happens to Mrs. The story takes place in an unnamed city—a city large enough to have a department store, a fashionable restaurant, a theatre, and a cable car—probably in the early s. Your email address will not be published.

He could not resolve her worn, old shoes with her beautiful, new stockings. Set in the s the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chopin may be exploring the theme of responsibility and identity. And still there would be enough left for new stockings — two pairs per child. It was emerging, and it included what Robert Arner in the essay collection Awakenings: She could stand for hours making her way little eilk little toward the desired object that was selling below cost.

Verging on the Abyss: She could push her way if need be. She had sometimes looked through the windows. For a day or two she walked around in a dreamy state as she thought about her choices. She pait as if she had been asked to inspect diamond jewelry with the aim of purchasing it.