1 Madame Ratignolle had been married seven years.
2 She had long wished to try herself on Madame Ratignolle.
3 The picture completed bore no resemblance to Madame Ratignolle.
4 Beside her was a box of bonbons, which she held out at intervals to Madame Ratignolle.
5 Madame Ratignolle, more careful of her complexion, had twined a gauze veil about her head.
6 She bathed Madame Ratignolle's face with cologne, while Robert plied the fan with unnecessary vigor.
7 The women were both of goodly height, Madame Ratignolle possessing the more feminine and matronly figure.
8 It was understood that he had often spoken words of love to Madame Ratignolle, without any thought of being taken seriously.
9 Madame Ratignolle was very fond of Mrs. Pontellier, and often she took her sewing and went over to sit with her in the afternoons.
10 Madame Ratignolle folded her sewing, placing thimble, scissors, and thread all neatly together in the roll, which she pinned securely.
11 Robert followed her work with close attention, giving forth little ejaculatory expressions of appreciation in French, which he addressed to Madame Ratignolle.
12 Never would Edna Pontellier forget the shock with which she heard Madame Ratignolle relating to old Monsieur Farival the harrowing story of one of her accouchements, withholding no intimate detail.
13 But she died between summers; then Robert posed as an inconsolable, prostrating himself at the feet of Madame Ratignolle for whatever crumbs of sympathy and comfort she might be pleased to vouchsafe.
14 Madame Ratignolle removed her veil, wiped her face with a rather delicate handkerchief, and fanned herself with the fan which she always carried suspended somewhere about her person by a long, narrow ribbon.
15 Meanwhile Robert, addressing Mrs Pontellier, continued to tell of his one time hopeless passion for Madame Ratignolle; of sleepless nights, of consuming flames till the very sea sizzled when he took his daily plunge.
16 Edna had prevailed upon Madame Ratignolle to leave the children behind, though she could not induce her to relinquish a diminutive roll of needlework, which Adele begged to be allowed to slip into the depths of her pocket.
17 But she did not want to appear unamiable and uninterested, so she had brought forth newspapers, which she spread upon the floor of the gallery, and under Madame Ratignolle's directions she had cut a pattern of the impervious garment.
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