Given the opening of Chapter 7, what is Chopin suggesting about female identity in the early 20th century?
Mrs. Pontellier was not a woman given to confidences, a characteristic hitherto contrary to her nature. Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life - that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions. (Chopin, Chpt. 7)