“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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What a very small box it was! She was very hungry.

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

Cite Post McManus, Dermot. She was trying to gather strength and courage to push through a mass of busy shoppers. But she went on feeling the soft, costly items. A young shop girl drew a soft, leather glove over Missus Sommers’s hand.

Kate Chopin: “A Pair of Silk Stockings”

She had let herself be controlled by some machine-like force that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility. A Critical Biography Baton Rouge: And the crystal drinking glasses shined even more brightly.

A waiter came at once to take her order. There were a great number of stockings in her size. She had noted the white table cloths, shining glasses and waiters serving wealthy people.

She purchases boots to go with her stockings, buys fitted kid gloves, reads expensive magazines fhopin lunching at a high-class restaurant, and ends her day sharing chocolates with a fellow theatre goer.


For a day, a poor mother has a taste of the good life. But the stockinhs that was guiding her would not permit her to act on such a thought.

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

Sommers as “little”, Chopin refers to more than her physical stature. Sommers is a widow or a single mother.

Sommers who prefers spending a windfall on herself, rather than on her children. Short stories by Kate Chopin short stories.

Beyond the Bayou 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. The way it filled up her worn money holder gave her a feeling of importance that she had not enjoyed for years.

It is safe to say there was no one there who had the same respect that Missus Sommers did for her surroundings. However just as Mrs Sommers 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. The Sitting Bee, 13 Sep. Edna is certainly not poor. 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.

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Sommers’ sojourn into a materialistic world brings her confidence, but her experience, just like the matinee she finds there, is ultimately transient. There may be many resemblances between Mrs. 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.


She said she did not mind paying extra as long as she got what she desired.

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

Library of America, Your storyteller was Barbara Klein. 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 Etockings 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, rather than as an individual.

A pleasing piece of music could be heard, and a gentle wind was blowing through the window. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

The Marital Burden and the Lure of Consumerism”. When she entered, her appearance created no surprise or concern, as she had half feared it might. They had given her a feeling of satisfaction, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed crowds.