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mrs.mallard of the story of ho

Louise Mallard, in hearing the news of her husband's tragic death then subsequent revelation of its fallacy, finds herself quickly moving from grief, through a sense of newfound freedom, and finally into the despair of the loss of that freedom. After learning of her husband's death in a railroad disaster, Mrs. Mallard sinks into a deep state of grief, as one would be expected to do upon receiving such news. She weeps uncontrollably until she can weep no more. Finally, she seeks refuge alone in her room, accepting comfort from no one. Physically and emotionally drained, Mrs. Mallard sits in a chair in front of an open window. Through that window begins a realization that haunts her as it creeps into her consciousness, and moves her toward a new unknown. As the sights and sounds of spring reveal themselves through the window, Mrs. Mallard tastes new life for thefirst time. Even though she loved her husband and will weep for him again, one thought comes to her over and over again: "free, free, free!". Mrs. Mallard realizes at that instant that her life from now on is her own to live as she chooses; no more will she have to succumb to the needs and wishes of her husband. Her body betrays her excitement for the thought of this new life; her pulse races and her chest repeatedly rises and sinks with fervor, as she "recognizes this thing that was approaching to possess her." At this moment a change takes place, for with this freedom Mrs. Mallard ceases to exist and Louise emerges. She has found a new desire for life, which she now hopes will be long. Louise returns to the friends and family who had so recently brought the news which began her metamorphosis. It is then that the door opens and Louise's husband enters their home, completely unaware of the train accident or the indication that he had been involved. With Brently Mallard's return her new life, her freedom, is …


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