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Short stories: Tante Cat’rinette by Kate Chopin

Tante Cat’rinette by Kate Chopin   IT happened just as everyone had predicted. Tante Cat’rinette was beside herself with rage and indignation when she learned that the town authorities had for some reason condemned her house and intended to demolish …

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Short stories: Ripe Figs by Kate Chopin

Ripe Figs by Kate Chopin   Maman-Nainaine said that when the figs were ripe Babette might go to visit her cousins down on Bayou-Boeuf, where the sugar cane grows. Not that the ripening of figs had the least thing to …

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Short stories: Regret by Kate Chopin

Regret by Kate Chopin MAMZELLE AURLIE possessed a good strong figure, ruddy cheeks, hair that was changing from brown to gray, and a determined eye. She wore a man’s hat about the farm, and an old blue army overcoat when …

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Short stories: Polydor by Kate Chopin

Polydor by Kate Chopin   It was often said that Polydore was the stupidest boy to be found “from the mouth of Cane river plumb to Natchitoches.” Hence it was an easy matter to persuade him, as meddlesome and mischievous …

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Short stories: Ozème’s Holiday by Kate Chopin

Ozème’s Holiday by Kate Chopin   OZÈME often wondered why there was not a special dispensation of providence to do away with the necessity for work. There seemed to him so much created for man’s enjoyment in this world, and …

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Short stories: Odalie Misses Mass by Kate Chopin

Odalie Misses Mass by Kate Chopin   ODALIE sprang down from the mule- cart, shook out her white skirts, and firmly grasping her parasol, which was blue to correspond with her sash, entered Aunt Pinky’s gate and proceeded towards the …

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Short stories: Nég Créol by Kate Chopin

  Nég Créol by Kate Chopin   AT the remote period of his birth he had been named César François Xavier, but no one ever thought of calling him anything but Chicot, or Nég, or Maringouin. Down at the French …

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Short stories: Miss McEnders by Kate Chopin

Miss McEnders by Kate Chopin   I When Miss Georgie McEnders had finished an elaborately simple toilet of gray and black, she divested herself completely of rings, bangles, brooches – everything to suggest that she stood in friendly relations with …

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Short stories: Mamouche by Kate Chopin

Mamouche by Kate Chopin   MAMOUCHE stood within the open doorway, which he had just entered. It was night; the rain was falling in torrents, and the water trickled from him as it would have done from an umbrella, if …

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Short stories: Ma’ame Pelagie by Kate Chopin

Ma’ame Pelagie by Kate Chopin   I When the war began, there stood on Cote Joyeuse an imposing mansion of red brick, shaped like the Pantheon. A grove of majestic live-oaks surrounded it. Thirty years later, only the thick walls …

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Short stories: Loka by Kate Chopin

Loka by Kate Chopin   She was a half-breed Indian girl, with hardly a rag to her back. To the ladies of the Band of United Endeavor who questioned her, she said her name was Loka, and she did not …

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Short stories: Lilacs by Kate Chopin

Lilacs by Kate Chopin   Mme. Adrienne Farival never announced her coming; but the good nuns knew very well when to look for her. When the scent of the lilac blossoms began to permeate the air, Sister Agathe would turn …

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Short stories: Juanita by Kate Chopin

Juanita by Kate Chopin To all appearances and according to all accounts, Juanita is a character who does not reflect credit upon her family or her native town of Rock Springs. I first met her there three years ago in …

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