A Pair of Silk Stockings
Kate Chopin is a widely considered a forerunner to thefeminist authors of the twentieth century. Focusing on themes of race andgender, her short stories largely center on life in rural Louisiana. In “A Pairof Silk Stockings,” a young woman unexpected finds herself with fifteen dollars.Inspired by her newfound wealth, she ignores her natural impulses and indulgesin a day of luxurious abandon. A wistful rumination on loss and the illusion ofcontrol, “A Pair of Silk Stockings” is Chopin at her absolute best.
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