Above the Meadows, In Dreams

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"A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her, - the light which, showing the way, forbids it. At that early period it served but to bewilder her. It moved her to dreams, to thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish which had overcome her the midnight when she had abandoned herself to tears. In short, [she] was beginning to realize that her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"It was not despair, but it seemed to her as if life were passing by, leaving its promise broken and unfulfilled."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"There was with her a feeling of having descended in the social scale, with a corresponding sense of having risen in the spiritual. Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual. She began to look with her own eyes; to see and to apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life. No longer was she content to ‘feed upon opinion’ when her own soul had invited her."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"She felt as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to look upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish. It was like a shadow, like a mist passing across her soul’s summer day."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"But I don’t want anything but my own way. That is wanting a good deal, of course, when you have to trample upon the lives, the hearts, the prejudices of others – but no matter – still, I should not want to trample upon the little lives."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"She saw no pictures of solitude, of hope, of longing, or of despair. But the very passions themselves were aroused within her soul, swaying it, lashing it, as the waves daily beat upon her splendid body. She trembled, she was choking, and the tears blinded her."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had appreciated instinctively the dual life – that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"A quick vision of death smote her soil, and for a second of time appalled and enfeebled her senses. But by any effort she rallied her staggering faculties and managed to regain the land."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"The past was nothing to her, offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant; was hers, to torture her as it was doing then with the biting conviction that she had lost that which she had held, that she had been denied that which her impassioned, newly awakened being demanded."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"She was blindly following whatever impulse moved her, as if she had placed herself in alien hands for direction, and freed her soul of responsibility."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily disturbing. Tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!"

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

amandaonwriting:

Breaking down the real fan bases for The Great Gatsby, Mrs Dalloway & Lolita

Read all three at university. Don’t like either of them very much. Prefer The Awakening: Only just part of the American Lit canon, almost feminist. I’m such a hipster…

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"I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself. I can’t make it more clear; it’s only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening