A summary of Chapters I V in Kate Chopin's The Awakening. and five-year-old sons play under the watchful eye of their quadroon (one-quarter black) nurse.
The parrot shouts at Edna s husband, Leonce (generally referred to as "Mr. Pontellier"), who is also on the porch. Mrs. Pontellier) and a handsome young man named Robert Lebrun are underneath the sunshade. Edna and Robert reach the cottage and sit down on the front steps near Mr.
As the book begins, Mr. Pontellier is reading a day-old newspaper next to a group of summer cottages at Grand Isle, a vacation spot near New Orleans. There, other noises distract him: children playing the piano, others playing croquet, Madame Lebrun shouting orders to her servants. The Awakening Summary and Analysis Chapter 1 The nature of Edna's relationships with Léonce and Robert is established in this first brief chapter, as well.