1 Edna felt depressed rather than soothed after leaving them.
2 The little cottage was close and stuffy after leaving the outer air.
3 She went on picking the leaves and digging around the plants with her hat pin.
4 A new race of beings must have sprung up, leaving only you and me as past relics.
5 And there she stayed, and stooped, digging around the plants, trimming, picking dead, dry leaves.
6 Looking at them reminded her of her rings, which she had given to her husband before leaving for the beach.
7 The window frame was filled with pots of flowers, and she sat and picked the dry leaves from a rose geranium.
8 It was not despair; but it seemed to her as if life were passing by, leaving its promise broken and unfulfilled.
9 Edna was not so consciously gratified at her husband's leaving home as she had been over the departure of her father.
10 She caught sight of a little green table, blotched with the checkered sunlight that filtered through the quivering leaves overhead.
11 He took a book from his pocket and began energetically to read it, judging by the precision and frequency with which he turned the leaves.
12 But there was no recent picture, none which suggested the Robert who had gone away five days ago, leaving a void and wilderness behind him.
13 The daughter was just leaving the house to attend the meeting of a branch Folk Lore Society, and regretted that she could not accompany them.
14 The following morning Mr. Pontellier, upon leaving for his office, asked Edna if she would not meet him in town in order to look at some new fixtures for the library.
15 They were troubled and feverish hours, disturbed with dreams that were intangible, that eluded her, leaving only an impression upon her half-awakened senses of something unattainable.
16 There was no human being whom she wanted near her except Robert; and she even realized that the day would come when he, too, and the thought of him would melt out of her existence, leaving her alone.
17 Before dinner in the evening Edna wrote a charming letter to her husband, telling him of her intention to move for a while into the little house around the block, and to give a farewell dinner before leaving, regretting that he was not there to share it, to help out with the menu and assist her in entertaining the guests.
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