When he returns from the beach, Pontellier comes to ask his wife to come inside. Edna insists on staying in the hammock, though she usually obeys him in similar situations. He tries to be patient, but becomes annoyed; he stays up drinking and smoking. Finally Edna slips out her reverie and goes to bed.
Edna is learning to act on her impulses instead of obeying the men around her. She begins to translate feeling into action—not for the sake of any higher goal, but to be true to her inner life.