A Pair of Silk Stockings

The Man on the Cable Car Character Analysis

The stranger on the cable car appears right at the story’s close, as Mrs. Sommers is traveling home from her shopping day. The man has “keen eyes” as he watches Mrs. Sommers carefully. The narrator describes how he observers her, trying to work out who she is, and presumably, why a working class woman like Mrs. Sommers has so many expensive things about her person. Ultimately, he is unable to make sense of what he sees. Through this, Chopin challenges the notion that women are all predictable, fickle, and one-dimensional creatures, instead endowing her complex female characters with rich inner psyches impervious to the scrutiny of men.

The Man on the Cable Car Quotes in A Pair of Silk Stockings

The A Pair of Silk Stockings quotes below are all either spoken by The Man on the Cable Car or refer to The Man on the Cable Car . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of A Pair of Silk Stockings published in 1976.
A Pair of Silk Stockings Quotes

[…] a poignant wish, a powerful longing that the cable car would never stop anywhere, but go on and on with her forever.

Page Number: 266
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The Man on the Cable Car Character Timeline in A Pair of Silk Stockings

The timeline below shows where the character The Man on the Cable Car appears in A Pair of Silk Stockings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...cable car. A man watches Mrs. Sommers, observing her paleness, her figure, and her clothes. The man on the cable car is puzzled by Mrs. Sommers and is unable to draw any conclusions about her. Meanwhile,... (full context)