Down by the water-oaks his four- and five-year-old sons play under the watchful eye of their quadroon (one-quarter black) nurse. Léonce smokes a cigar and.
Already Chopin establishes some key symbolism in the novel: Edna is the green-and-yellow parrot telling everyone to 'go away, for God's sake.' Unable to leave.
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