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The Awakening, Kate Chopin
The following is an excerpt from a novel that is set on the southern Louisiana coast in the early 20th century. The story follows Edna Pontellier, a housewife and mother.

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. Chicago: New York: Herbert S. Stone, 1899. Print.

What is the purpose of paragraph 4 (lines 22-27)?


To make Mrs. Pontellier seem awkward and embarrassed.


To highlight the uncomfortable silence between the two women.


To enhance the setting by providing vivid details fo the path to the beach.


To set an ominous mood for events to come.

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