“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 herself never looked back to her younger days. She ordered six oysters, a chop, something sweet, a glass of wine and stoxkings cup of coffee.

For a brief moment Mrs Sommers is able paid forget about her life and escape into a world which is very much different to the world she finds herself in. A young shop girl drew a soft, leather glove over Missus Sommers’s hand. She had eaten a light meal—no!

She laughed and cried at the play. He bowed to her as if she were a princess of royal blood. It is possible that Chopin by introducing this line into the story is also suggesting that not all women, when they stociings married, found that their circumstances had improved.

She seated herself at a small table.

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. In truth, he saw nothing — unless he was a magician.

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

A man with sharp eyes sat opposite her. At Fault The Awakening She keeps her focus on Mrs. It is also interesting that there is no mention of a Mr Sommers in the story. Transcript of radio broadcast: UP of Virginia, The Joy That Kills.


Missus Sommers bought two costly magazines that she used to read back akte she had been able to enjoy other pleasant things. Missus Sommers knew the value of finding things for sale at reduced prices. We do not even know what city or state her story takes place in.

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On the day of her shopping trip, Mrs. Missus Sommers then took the elevator which carried her to an upper floor into the ladies’ rest area. When she arrived at the large department store, she sat in front of an empty counter.

Her foot and ankle looked very lovely. She smiled as if she had been asked to inspect diamond jewelry stockinngs the aim of purchasing it. She tried on a pair of new boots. Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness. It was emerging, and it included what Robert Arner in the essay collection Awakenings: But she went on feeling the soft, costly items. In A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin we have the theme of responsibility, escape, independence, freedom, identity, consumerism and temptation.

Views Read Edit View history. There is also some symbolism in the story which may be important. For a day or two she walked around in a dreamy state as she thought about her choices. There were a great number of stockings in her size. During the quiet hours of the night she lay awake palr ideas. Sommers’ physical kat also mirrors the weakening of her self resolve. She sat between richly dressed women who were there to spend the day eating sweets and showing off pir costly clothing.


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The Sitting Bee, 13 Sep. 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. 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 kkate possible that Chopin is suggesting that Mrs Sommers also identifies herself stocknigs a mother first, rather than as an individual.

She smoothed it down over the wrist and buttoned it neatly. Missus Sommers chose a black pair and looked at them closely.

A Pair of Silk Stockings

For the first time she seemed to be taking a rest from the tiring act of thought. She handed the girl a five dollar bill and waited for her change and the wrapped box with the stockings. The table cloths were even more clean and white than they had seemed through the window. She slowly grew aware that her hand had felt something very pleasant to touch.

The young shoe salesman was unable to guess about her background. There were ladies and gentlemen, who did not notice her, lunching at the small tables like her own. Then he would sense her heartbreaking wish that the cable car would never stop anywhere, but go on and on with her forever.