Despondency had come upon her there in the wakeful night, and had never lifted. There was no one thing in the world that she desired. There was no human being whom she wanted near her except Robert, and she even realized that the day would come when, he, too , and the thought of him would melt out of her existence, leaving her alone.
But, do you know, i Have a notion to go down to the beach and take a good wash and even a little swim, before dinner
The water is too cold! Don't think of it.
Edna walked on down to the beach rather mechanically, not noticing anything special except that the sun was hot.
She had said over and over to herself: "Today is Arobin; tomorrow it will be someone else. It makes no difference to me, it doesn't matter about Leonce Pontellier - but Raoul and Etienne!"
The children had overcome her, who had overpowered and sought to drag her into the soul's slavery for the rest of her days.
But she knew a way to elude them. She was not thinking of these things when she walked down to the beach.