Her Letters by Kate Chopin (1895)
Tuesday’s Tale of Drama July 14, 2020
Her Letters is a mysterious little drama and one of Kate Chopin’s most powerful fiction. The story opens with a woman sitting before a generous fire that illuminates her apartment while a steady rain falls from a leaden sky. A thick bundle of letters is on a table.
A ponderous scene for sure. Are the envelopes love letters? A confession maybe?
Have you ever in your lifetime left something to chance? Taking risks is the theme here in this story of love, marriage, and passion. When death is eminent, letting go of the past and the secrets it holds become an issue of trust vs. desire vs. opportunity.
The ending here carries a shadowy flavor that surprised me. Sometimes to solve the mystery, one must listen to the beyond. A fascinating read!
Read Her Letters here at KateChopin.org
Listen to the audio here at You Tube
Kate Chopin (1850–1904) was an American author who is considered a pioneer of early feminist literature. She is best known for her novel The Awakening, a depiction of a woman’s struggle for selfhood that was immensely controversial during Chopin’s lifetime. Chopin wrote in a naturalistic style and cited the influence of French writer Guy de Maupassant. She died at the age of fifty-four.
“To succeed, the artist much possess the courageous soul
… the brave soul.
The soul that dares and defies.”
A bust of Kate Chopin at the Writers’ Corner in St. Louis, Central West End Association, dedicated on March 11, 2012.
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