Her short stories were well received in in the 1890s and were published by some of America’s most prestigious magazines— Vogue , the Atlantic Monthly , Harper’s Young People , the Youth’s Companion , and the Century . A few stories were syndicated by the American Press Association. Many of her stories also appeared in her two published collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), both of which received good reviews from critics across the country who praised them for their graceful descriptions of the lives of Creoles, Acadians, African-Americans, and other people in Louisiana. Twenty-six of her stories are children’s stories—those published in or intended for children’s or family magazines—the Youth’s Companion and others. By the late 1890s Kate Chopin was well known among American readers of magazine fiction.
In “The Story of an Hour,” the fact that Mrs. Mallard is “afflicted with a heart trouble” becomes an ironic reality, for Mrs. Mallard’s “heart trouble” in the beginning of the story is that she feels emotionally thwarted in her marriage. When her husband is believed to have been killed in a train accident, her friends notify her cautiously, assuming she will be devastated. The news, however, brings her tears of release rather than of grief. She is enlivened by her new situation and symbolically insists that all the doors of the house be opened. When Brently Mallard suddenly returns home, however, Mrs. Mallard’s death is both literal and symbolic—in one hour, her freedom has been won and lost. For Chopin, Mrs. Mallard represents the numerous women who silently bear the feelings of being trapped in unhappy marriages but whose escapes could be ephemeral at best.
Here is an update on what little quilting has been going on in my Studio in the last month! I have been working on RSC 2017 Challenge – a 4 patch quilt. I wanted some mindless sewing but yet work on a quilt project. I have completed the following for my RSC 2017 project – 28 blocks of purple and white ; 28 blocks of blue and white; and now working towards the teal and white blocks, but only 5 blocks finished. I am not going to do black or neutrals. So maybe I will have all completed by October (what a dreamer I am)! I am going to put this project away as I am tired of mindless work and want to do something different. I have no idea how I am going to set all of the blocks – guess that will be done when I am completely finished driving myself nuts with mindless work!