The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody expects that Edna should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband Leonce and their small boys. But Edna, restive and achieving fulfilment only in her beloved sketching, finds her allocated bonds of motherhood and wifely duty to be stifling constraints. And when she teeters on the brink of an illicit summer romance with young clerk Robert Lebrun, new ideas and longings are awakened in her
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