1 Robert talked a good deal about himself.
2 "Come go along, Lebrun," he proposed to Robert.
3 Beneath its pink-lined shelter were his wife, Mrs. Pontellier, and young Robert Lebrun.
4 Robert spoke of his intention to go to Mexico in the autumn, where fortune awaited him.
5 Many had predicted that Robert would devote himself to Mrs. Pontellier when he arrived.
6 Robert supposed he was not, as there were a good many New Orleans club men over at Klein's.
7 In former times, before Robert could remember, "the house" had been a summer luxury of the Lebruns.
8 But Robert admitted quite frankly that he preferred to stay where he was and talk to Mrs. Pontellier.
9 She slipped them upon her fingers; then clasping her knees, she looked across at Robert and began to laugh.
10 Oftener than once her coming had interrupted the droll story with which Robert was entertaining some amused group of married women.
11 It was 'Robert, come; go; stand up; sit down; do this; do that; see if the baby sleeps; my thimble, please, that I left God knows where.'
12 Robert was interested, and wanted to know what manner of girls the sisters were, what the father was like, and how long the mother had been dead.
13 Mrs. Pontellier reached over for a palm-leaf fan that lay on the porch and began to fan herself, while Robert sent between his lips light puffs from his cigarette.
14 Since the age of fifteen, which was eleven years before, Robert each summer at Grand Isle had constituted himself the devoted attendant of some fair dame or damsel.
15 Robert was there, seated as he had been the Sunday before, and Mrs. Pontellier also occupied her former position on the upper step, leaning listlessly against the post.
16 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.
17 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.
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