At Fault

At Fault

by Kate Chopin


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When Jérôme Lafirme died, his neighbors awaited the results of his sudden taking off with indolent watchfulness. It was a matter of unusual interest to them that a plantation of four thousand acres had been left unincumbered to the disposal of a handsome, inconsolable, childless Creole widow of thirty. A bêtise of some sort might safely be looked for. But time passing, the anticipated folly failed to reveal itself; and the only wonder was that Thérèse Lafirme so successfully followed the methods of her departed husband.
Of course Thérèse had wanted to die with her Jérôme, feeling that life without him held nothing that could reconcile her to its further endurance. For days she lived alone with her grief; shutting out the appeals that came to her from the demoralized "hands," and unmindful of the disorder that gathered about her. Till Uncle Hiram came one day with a respectful tender of sympathy, offered in the guise of a reckless misquoting of Scripture-and with a grievance.
"Mistuss," he said, "I 'lowed 'twar best to come to de house an' tell you; fur Massa he alluz did say 'Hi'urm, I counts on you to keep a eye open endurin' my appersunce;' you ricollic, marm?" addressing an expanse of black bordered cambric that veiled the features of his mistress. "Things is a goin' wrong; dat dey is. I don't wants to name no names 'doubt I'se 'bleeged to; but dey done start a kiarrin' de cotton seed off de place, and dats how."
If Hiram's information had confined itself to the bare statement of things "goin' wrong," such intimation, of its nature vague and susceptible of uncertain interpretation, might have failed to rouse Thérèse from her lethargy of grief. But that wrong doing presented as a tangible abuse and defiance of authority, served to move her to action. She felt at once the weight and sacredness of a trust, whose acceptance brought consolation and awakened unsuspected powers of doing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497396371
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Pages: 110
Sales rank: 637,813
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (February 8, 1850 - August 22, 1904), was a U.S. author of short stories and novels.

Table of Contents

Editorial Practicesxvii
Part 1
Chapter I.The Mistress of Place-Du-Bois3
Chapter II.At the Mill7
Chapter III.In the Pirogue11
Chapter IV.A Small Interruption16
Chapter V.In the Pine Woods19
Chapter VI.Melicent Talks24
Chapter VII.Painful Disclosures29
Chapter VIII.Treats of Melicent35
Chapter IX.Face to Face40
Chapter X.Fanny's Friends45
Chapter XI.The Self-Assumed Burden50
Chapter XII.Severing Old Ties53
Part 2
Chapter I.Fanny's First Night at Place-Du-Bois63
Chapter II."Neva To See You!"68
Chapter III.A Talk Under the Cedar Tree72
Chapter IV.Therese Crosses the River76
Chapter V.One Afternoon81
Chapter VI.One Night89
Chapter VII.Melicent Leaves Place-Du-Bois95
Chapter VIII.With Loose Rein100
Chapter IX.The Reason Why105
Chapter X.Perplexing Things110
Chapter XI.A Social Evening114
Chapter XII.Tidings That Sting121
Chapter XIII.Melicent Hears the News125
Chapter XIV.A Step Too Far130
Chapter XV.A Fateful Solution134
Chapter XVI.To Him Who Waits142
Chapter XVII.Conclusion146

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