She becomes secretly happy because she is now free. She is filled with a new lust for life, and although she usually loved her husband, she cherishes her newfound independence even more.
I am free, happy and ready for my new life.
Louise come out, you will get sick being alone!
Josephine comes to her door, begging Louise to come out, warning her that she’ll get sick if she doesn’t.
Therefore, she opens the door, and she and Josephine start walking down the stairs, where Richards is waiting. The front door unexpectedly opens, and Brently comes in. Josephine screams, and Richards tries unsuccessfully to block Louise from seeing him. Doctors arrive and pronounce that Louise died of a heart attack brought on by happiness.
This scene relates to context because Chopin is known for addressing feminist issues many years before the feminist movement became a major social and political force in America. When Chopin was writing, the feminist movement had barely begun, and in Louisiana, women were still considered to be their husbands’ lawful property. As a result, Chopin’s brazen, sensual, independent protagonists were years ahead of their time.
This image/music/scene from the text was chosen because it represents how her new life will be so much better, without their harmful marriage.
This scene relates to context because Chopin died of a brain hemorrhage in 1904. She was fifty-two.
This image/music/scene from the text was chosen because it shows that Louise became so addicted to her love being gone, that him coming home ruined her.