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Unit 2 A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin

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Unit 2 A Respectable Woman Summary Class 12


> Three major character : Gaston Baroda, Mrs. Baroda, Gouvernail

This story begins at the Gauston Baroda's sugarcane plantation in Louisiana. As the theme of the story projects the mental conflict between personal emotion and social duty. 

          Gauston Baroda owns a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana. He is married, and his wife is characterized as Mrs. Baroda, and they are living a very happy life.

          The story begins with Gaston Baroda declaration to his wife that his friend Gouvernail is coming to his house to spend a week or two. His wife Mrs. Baroda doesn't like this as they have been very busy all winter, and she was hoping for rest and good time during the pleasure. Mrs. Baroda has never seen his husband's friend, gouvernail, although she knows that he was his husband a college friend and now a journalist.

          When Gouvernail arrived, Mrs. Baroda found him totally different from her imagination. She liked him in their first meet. Why does she like gouvernail? She herself doesn't have a satisfactory answer to this great question. Gouvernail doesn't have any brilliant and promising characteristics as her husband did have. He is not talkative and expressive, most of the time he remains silent and listens to the conversation between the husband and wife. He is not adventurous either because he dislikes the idea of fishing and hunting. Also, he doesn't make any attempt to convince her, but still she likes him.

          Gouvernail personality puzzles Mrs. Baroda, but she finds him a lovable and inoffensive fellow. In the beginning she leaves Gouvernail along with his husband, but as time passes she begins to spend her time with Gouvernail specially on his works. In fact, Mrs. Baroda falls in love with Gouvernail. But How can she express her love towards him ? As she is a married, respectable woman in the eyes of the society. Her personal emotions, personal feeling urges her to express her love for him, but the realization of social rules, ethics, and morality does not let her do so. Therefore, she is trapped between the mental conflict of her personal emotions and social rules and regulations.

          Gouvernail was staying a week longer with them. When she got this news, she doesn't like this idea, as she finds it difficult to resist herself in his presence. She was him to go from there so that she can remain a respectable woman. As she is unable to resist herself from his presence, she decides to leave the place by visiting her Aunt's house until Gouvernail is gone. 

          Before leaving the house, the next morning, she sits alone in the garden in a bench. She is confused over her all feelings, Gouvernail sees her and sits next to her, not knowing what is going on her mind. He speaks to her about their college days. For the first time, he talks freely. Mrs. Baroda doesn't listen to his words, she wanted to draw him closer and touch his lips and face with her fingers, but she cannot, she had to resist her feeling as she had her society, morality, and ethics behind her. So she couldn't express her love towards Gouvernail. 

          The next morning, she leaves for the city and doesn't return until Gouvernail departs from her house. The time passes and Gauston wants to invite Gourvernail to their plantation, and she agreed to invite him before the year ended. She told that she had overcome her dislike to Gouvernail which he doesn't deserve and promised Gaston to be nice to him this time.

A Respectable Woman Exercise Class 12

Understanding the Text

Answer The following questions.

a. Why was Mrs, Baroda unhappy with the information about Gouvernail's visit to their farm?

➽ Mrs. Baroda was looking forward to a period of unbroken rest, now, and undistributed tete-a-tete with her husband but when his husband informed that his friend gouvernail was coming for a week or two on their plantation, Mrs. Baroda was unhappy.

b. How was Gouvernail different from Mrs. Baroda's Expectation?

➽ According to Mrs. Baroda's expectation Gouvernail was tall, slim, cynical with eye-glasses, and his hands in his packets but at real he was presented slim enough, but wasn't very tall nor very cynical, neither he wears eyeglasses nor he carried his hands in his pockets. Hence, in this way, Gouvernail was different from Mrs. Baroda's expectation.

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c. How does Mrs. Baroda compare Gouvernail with her husband?

➽ Mrs. Baroda tried to change Gouvernail's solitary habit because she expected him to be more fascinating, interesting, clever, mute and a man of ideas but at real he was mute, and he made no direct appeal or even self-esteem.

She became chatty, friendly and social to him in order to make him feel at home and try changing his solitary habits.

e. How does Gaston disagree with his wife on Gouvernail's character?

➽ According to Mrs. Baroda, Gouvernail was less interesting, not clever, less fascinating and quite in character, but Gaston disagrees with his wife as Gouvernail rather being interesting, fascinating, cleaver and talkative and a fellow rather being ruined down by overwork.

f. Why is Gaston surprised with his wife's expression towards the end of the story?

➽ Gaston was surprised with his wife's expression towards the end of the story as she invited Gouvernail to visit them again before the year ended.

Reference to the context

A respectable woman questions and answers

a. What is the cause of conflict in Mrs. Baroda's mind? What role does Mrs. Baroda “being a respectable woman” play in the story?

➽ The cause of conflict in Mrs. Baroda mind is because she had some emotional attraction with Gouvernail.

Mrs. Baroda seems to be attracted to Gouvernail but controls her urge to touch Gouvernail with her sensitive tips of her finger upon his face or the lips, but being a respectable woman she was probably afraid that what might the society think of her.

b. Sketch the character of Gouvernail and contrast it with Gaston.

➽ In the story Gouvernail's character has been characterized as a lovable, inoffensive fellow who was shy, quiet, and a heavy smoker with less promising traits and less brilliant traits. Whereas, Gaston has been characterized as a social, frank, and friendly gut with brilliant and promising traits.

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c. Why does Mrs. Baroda not disclose her feelings towards Gouvernail to her husband?

➽ Mrs. Baroda does not disclose her feelings towards Gouvernail to her husband because she believes that she is a respectable woman boarded between the society norms and perception. She was afraid about her image in the society doing any inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour being a married woman.

d. The last three sentences of the story bring a kind of twist. After reading these three sentences, how do you analyse Mrs. Baroda’s attitude towards Gouvernail? 

➽ The last three statements of the story bring a kind of twist. After reading these three sentences, I feel that Mrs. Baroda has overcome all her emotional feelings towards Gouvernail and have developed a positive attitude towards Gouvernail.

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