“A Pair of Silk Stockings” was written by Kate Chopin in April of and later published in Known for including in her stories local color from the. Kate Chopin’s Short Stories Summary and Analysis of “A Pair of Silk After choosing a black pair of stockings, Mrs. Sommers buys them and. Our story today is called “A Pair of Silk Stockings.” It was written by Kate Chopin. Here is Barbara Klein with the story. (MUSIC). STORYTELLER.

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Short Story: ‘A Pair of Silk Stockings’ by Kate Chopin

But the force that was guiding lf would not permit her to act on such a thought. The way it filled up her worn money holder gave her a feeling of importance that she had not enjoyed for years. She had let herself be controlled by some machine-like force that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility.

She sat between richly dressed women who were there to spend the day eating sweets and showing off their costly clothing. She could not believe that they were a part of herself.

Missus Sommers bought two costly magazines that she used to read back when she had been able to enjoy other pleasant things. She tasted a bite, and she read a word or katw and she slowly drank the wine.

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It is possible that Chopin by introducing this line into the story is also suggesting that not all women, when they got married, found that their circumstances had improved.

She thought about her day. He bowed to her as if she were a princess of royal blood. She smiled as if she had been asked to inspect diamond jewelry with the aim of purchasing it. She felt like lying back in the soft chair and enjoying the richness of it. The neighbors sometimes talked of the “better days” that little Missus Sommers had known before she had ever thought of being Missus Sommers.


Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. She looked down to see that her hand lay upon a pile of silk stockings.

There was still money in atockings purse, and her next gift to herself presented itself as a theater advertisement. When she entered, her appearance created no surprise or concern, as she had half feared it might.

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When she entered the theater, the play sockings already begun. MUSIC There was still money in her purse, and her next gift to herself presented itself as a theater advertisement. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

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This would guarantee they would last a great deal longer than usual. Our story today is called “A Pair of Silk Stockings.

This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat Sommers’ social standing had been before her marriage, and see how her marriage has reduced her. How good was the touch of the silk on her skin! A young shop girl drew a soft, leather glove over Missus Sommers’s hand. Cgopin neighbors are kqte aware of what Mrs. Views Read Edit View history. Another time she would have ignored the desire for food until reaching her own home. She looked up at the shop girl. Between getting the children fed and the house cleaned, and bt herself to go shopping, she had forgotten to eat at all!

There were a great number of stockings in her size. When she was finished, she counted the money out to the waiter and left an kkate coin on his tray. Sommers’ brief moment of happiness, Ewell suggests, must end as it does for many of Chopin’s characters.


There she finds a pair of silk stockings for sale and is entranced by their smoothness. She smoothed it down over the wrist and buttoned it neatly.

Sommers’ sojourn into a materialistic world brings her confidence, but her experience, just like the matinee she finds there, is ultimately transient. Rather than marriage or parenthood being seen as a partnership with both the male and female sharing responsibility Chopin may be suggesting that for the majority of women their role in life was to look after their children rather than share an equal footing within a paur.

Published inthe story follows Mrs. Now she used both hands, holding the stockings up to see the light shine through them. In truth, he stokcings nothing stocjings unless he was a magician. She even talked a little with the women. Now she rested her arm on the counter where gloves were for sale. She had never entered its doors.

For a day, a poor mother has a taste of the good life. She told the young salesman that she wanted an excellent and stylish fit. They had given her a feeling of satisfaction, a sense of belonging to the well-dressed crowds. The ending of the story is also interesting. The needs of the present took all her energy. She moved her toes around in the silk stockings. Missus Sommers knew the value of finding things for sale at reduced prices. Sommers has been able to maintain her selflessness.

The young shoe salesman was unable to guess about her background.