Kate Chopin

The Kiss

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The Kiss by Kate Chopin Audiobook This short story is about a girl, Nathalie who has an affair with her brother's friend, Mr. Harvy and at the same time she is with a wealthly man, Mr. Brantain who is "rather insignificant and unattractive". One day when Nathalie and Mr. Brantain are together, Mr. Harvy comes and kisses her. Mr. Brantain leaves her place and she gets angry with Mr. Harvy for kissing her in front of him. After the day, she convinces Mr. Brantain with a lie that that was nothing but the fact Mr. Harvy, being a close friend of her brother, considers her a sibling. That's why he did so. He accepts this (that's pretty foolish of him in my opinion). And on their wedding, he gives permission to Mr. Harvy to keep his sibling-like relationship with Nathalie and he may kisses her. When Mr. Harvy approaches Nathalie and tells her about it and also says he will not do that because he has decided to stop kissing women and considers it "dangerous". At that moment, she realises she can't have everything in life. She gets wealth but loses the romantic love of Mr. Harvy. Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans after marrying Oscar Chopin in 1870. Less than a decade later Oscar's cotton business fell on hard times and they moved to his family's plantation in the Natchitoches Parish of northwestern Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate was suddenly a young widow with six children. She turned to writing and published her first poem in 1889. The Awakening, considered Chopin's masterpiece, was subject to harsh criticism at the time for its frank approach to sexual themes. It was rediscovered in the 1960s and has since become a standard of American literature, appreciated for its sophistication and artistry. Chopin's short stories of Cajun and Creole life are collected in Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), and include "Desiree's Baby," "The Story of an Hour" and "The Storm."
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