A fictional woman decides not to be a dupe to illusions

A fictional woman decides not to be a dupe to illusionsCory Coleman as Edna Pontellier

"The years that are gone seem like dreams – if one might go on sleeping and dreaming – but to wake up and find – oh!

well! 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 character Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, 1899.

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