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The Awakening

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"He reproached his wife"

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He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it was not a mother's place to look after children, whose on earth was it? He himself had his hands full with his brokerage business. He could not be in two places at once; making a living for his family on the street, and staying at home to see that no harm befell them. He talked in a monotonous, insistent way (Chopin, Ch. 3).

What does the above quote reveal about Mr. Pontellier's character?

A

Mr. Pontellier feels confident in his role as the responsible provider for his family, which allows him to comfortably criticize Edna's parenting skills.

B

Mr. Pontellier's busy career prevents him from taking any interest in family life.

C

Mr. Pontellier spends a considerable amount of time at home assisting Edna even though he has his "hands full" at work.

D

Mr. Pontellier supports Edna in her childrearing and feels she is most attentive to the children.

E

Mr. Pontellier critiques Edna in a loving and caring tone so as to not hurt Edna's feelings.