“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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Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters. The price of it all made no difference.

Missus Sommers went to wait for the cable car. She had let herself be controlled by some machine-like force that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility.

The needs of the present took all her energy. She looked up at the shop girl. The question of investment was chhopin she considered carefully.

Her foot and ankle looked very lovely. She was trying to gather strength and courage to push through a mass of busy shoppers. Now she used both hands, holding the stockings up to see the light shine through them.

It was hard for him to fully understand what he saw in her expression. But that day she was tired and a little bit weak.


A Pair of Silk Stockings – Wikipedia

Sommers who prefers spending a windfall on herself, rather than on her children. Published inthe story follows Mrs. A dollar or two could be added to the price she usually paid for her daughter Janie’s shoes.

There were ladies and gentlemen, who did not notice her, lunching at the small tables like her own. Your storyteller was Barbara Klein.

Until she finds the stockings, Mrs. Louisiana State University Press, A store down the street sold books and magazines. One woman wiped her eyes with a small square of lace and passed Missus Sommers her box of candy. In other projects Wikisource.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: 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.

Then she picked up her magazine and looked through it. While waiting to be served she removed her gloves very slowly and set them beside her. The Marital Burden and the Lure of Consumerism”. Edited by Per Seyersted.

A Pair of Silk Stockings

She could push kwte way if need be. She purchases boots to go with her stockings, buys fitted kid gloves, reads expensive magazines while lunching at a high-class restaurant, and ends her day sharing chocolates with a fellow theatre goer. Our story today is called “A Pair of Silk Stockings. She rested her hand upon the counter. It was like a dream ended.


She did not wish to act quickly and do anything she might regret. Sommers does not appear in any other Chopin story and nobody in any other story speaks of her.

She looked down to see that her hand lay upon a pile of silk stockings. Sommers had been before her marriage a wealthy woman, but now “needs of the present absorbed her every faculty.

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She would buy cloth for new shirts for the boys. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

A man with sharp eyes sat opposite her. Missus Sommers bought two costly magazines that she used to read back when she had been able to enjoy other pleasant things. There were a great number of stockings in her size. This story was adapted and produced by Dana Demange.

Kate Chopin in the Twenty-First Century: After a few days of reflection, she decides to use the money to purchase clothing for her children so they may look “fresh and dainty and new for once in their lives. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. This would guarantee they would last a great deal longer than usual.