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“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin

Sea of Cortez. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Today, a particular memory popped up on Facebook, and I decided to transfer the post to Mallows Miscellany. The post is now removed from social media and lives here, as I will do with many other memories that arise on social media. I remember reading this book in college at SCAD one quarter during my BFA in Writing, and it moved me deeply. The course was titled “Women in Literature” or “Literature by Women.” I cannot recall, but for ten weeks, we studied, read, critiqued and wrote papers about female authors and their works of art. We had one, maybe two men, in the class. One of the authors was Kate Chopin, and now for the old post from 2017:

Kate Chopin wrote a novel called “The Awakening.” Do read it! Without any real spoilers, it’s about a woman from another century, Edna Pontellier, living in New Orleans in 1899 (other parts of the book take place in Mexico & New York City). “The Awakening is set in the late nineteenth century on Grand Isle, off the coast of Louisiana; on the island Chênière Caminada across the bay from Grand Isle (the island was destroyed) 1893 hurricane); and in the city of New Orleans. It begins on Grand Isle, shifts to New Orleans, and concludes on Grand Isle.”

Sea of Cortez. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Edna is coming to an awakening about the world around her. This awakening makes her feel equally alive, yet it also makes her feel deeply sad and melancholy. At a time where women had little-to-no freedoms at all—the one true freedom she possesses in life was to take an evening walk to the ocean. She loved to swim naked in the dark, returning to sunrise before her husband awoke. She has a hypnotic, intimate relationship with the sea. And she has an affair that proves to be complicated. Chopin’s book was widely hated at the time of its release. Later on, “The Awakening” became a great American classic.

A few quotes are enclosed as well as some photos of mine from the beach, a boat and a yacht, all at the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy the photos of mine from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! I apologize they are not of better quality.

Sea of Cortez. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”

“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”

“The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.”

“He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”

“She was still under the spell of her infatuation. She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering. But the thought of him was like an obsession, ever pressing itself upon her. It was not that she dwelt upon details of their acquaintance, or recalled in any special or peculiar way his personality; it was his being, his existence, which dominated her thought, fading sometimes as if it would melt into the mist of the forgotten, reviving again with an intensity which filled her with an incomprehensible longing.”

“She turned her face seaward to gather in an impression of space and solitude, which the vast expanse of water, meeting and melting with the moonlit sky, conveyed to her excited fancy. As she swam she seemed to be reaching out for the unlimited in which to lose herself.”

“She thought… they were apart of her. but they need not thought they could possess her body and soul.”

– Kate Chopin

Sea of Cortez. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

To learn more about Kate Chopin, please visit https://www.katechopin.org/.

Published by Nicolette Mallow

‡ Nicolette Mallow is an Artist: writer, dancer, vocalist, thespian, model, and (amateur) photographer. Writing is Mallow’s strongest artistic skill. Internationally published in the United States and Europe, Nicolette has obtained 110+ publications thus far. Mallow has interviewed an extensive list of talent and collaborated with companies and PR teams from Texas Monthly, National Geographic, Prevention Magazine, HBO Films, The Hollywood Reporter, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation, Cine Las Americas, The University of Texas at Austin and more. Presently her portfolio entails 12 national awards or scholarships, including both individual and group projects. Working with Press and Publicity teams from companies like Sunshine Sachs, Fons PR, Frank PR, and CW3PR — Mallow can liaise with publicists, entrepreneurs, and their brands. Since 2005, for 17 years, Nicolette Mallow has covered numerous press, corporate and red carpet events as a (dyslexic) writer. Mallow has interviewed talent far beyond her years, including Jimmy Chin, Greta Gerwig, Bob Roth, Dr. Travis Stork, Joan Lunden, Larysa DiDio, Lauren Handel Zander, James White, Jay Roach, Naomi Whittel and Roc Chen. Once, she was a public speaker for a national business conference. Her career is diverse and transcends a vast array of industries, but the focus is always on the arts. Nicolette Mallow does enjoy all forms of writing, but her favorite writing genres to create entail editorial, arts & entertainment, literary journalism, travel, magical realism, nonfiction, technical and promotional publicity. Over time Nicolette has attained Press Credentials to events like Texas Film Awards (hosted by Austin Film Society), The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin Film Festival, Euphoria Music Festival, and The Blanton Museum of Art. She also wrote for Savannah Magazine, a radio station operated by EMMIS Communications, District newspaper, and the Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum). In her spare time, Nicolette creates a magical realism novel and turns her nonfiction memoirs into short story novellas. Obtaining two degrees from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), she has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration (a graduate degree now recognized as Creative Business Leadership) and a B.F.A. in Writing. Born and raised in Texas and NYC—Nicolette Mallow is also a world traveler that lives for art and loves to learn. “L’art Pour L’art.”

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