In many Kate Chopin short stories of the 1890s, among them "Loka" (ApriI 9-10, 1892), "The Story of an Hour" (April 19, 1894), "The Unexpected" (July 18,1895), and "A Morning Walk" (April 1897), scenes of nature mysteriously move characters from confusion to vision. Magically and urgently, these scenes awaken Chopin's men and women. Epiphanies through nature force them to learn, or remember, the central place of the instincts and the desire for freedom in their lives. Loka, Mrs. Mallard, Dorothea, and Archibald, all susceptible to nature's power, gain courage as nature manifests itself to each.



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