At Fault

At Fault

by Kate Chopin


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Thérèse Lafirme, a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman, is widowed at age thirty-two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation. When Thérèse falls in love with David Hosmer, a divorced businessman, her strong moral and religious convictions make it impossible for her to accept his marriage proposal. Her determined rejection sets the two on a tumultuous path that involves Hosmer's former wife, Fanny. At Fault is both romantic and filled with stark realism-a love story that expands to address the complex problem of balancing personal happiness and social duty-set in the post-Reconstruction South against a backdrop of economic devastation and simmering racial tensions. Written at the beginning of her career, At Fault parallels Chopin's own life and introduces characters and themes that appear in her later works, including The Awakening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783734028106
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 09/23/2018
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.37(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


I- The Mistress of Place-du-Bois.

II- At the Mill.

III- In the Pirogue.

IV- A Small Interruption.

V- In the Pine Woods.

VI- Melicent Talks.

VII- Painful Disclosures.

VIII- Treats of Melicent.

IX- Face to Face.

X- Fanny’s Friends.

XI- The Self-Assumed Burden.

XII- Severing Old Ties.


I- Fanny’s First Night at Place-du-Bois.

II- “Neva to See You!”

III- A Talk Under the Cedar Tree.

IV- Thérèse Crosses the River.

V- One Afternoon.

VI- One Night.

VII- Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois.

VIII- With Loose Rein.

IX- The Reason Why.

X- Perplexing Things.

XI- A Social Evening.

XII- Tidings That Sting.

XIII- Melicent Hears the News.

XIV- A Step Too Far.

XV- A Fateful Solution.

XVI- To Him Who Waits.

XVII- Conclusion.

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