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Bayou Folk

Kate Chopin

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. . .I think, if you would like to speak with him. Placide is somew'ere on the place."

"I shall mount my horse and go see what work has been done," said Offdean, rising. An unusual pallor had overspread his face, and his mouth was drawn with suppressed pain. "I must turn my fool's errand to some practical good," he added, with a sad attempt at playfulness; and with no further word he walked quickly away.

She listened to his going. Then all the wretchedness of the past months, together with the sharp distress of the moment, voiced itself in a sob: "O God—O my God, he'p me!"

But she could not stay out there in the broad day for any chance comer to look upon her uncovered sorrow.

Placide heard her rise and goto her room. When he had heard the key turn in the lock, he got up, and with quiet deliberation prepared to go out. He drew on his boots, then his coat. He took his pistol from the dressing-bureau, where he had placed it a while befo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

really great short story collection(s)! i loved these, i love this world, its reminiscent of british realism but so deeply southern so deeply creole and louisiana slay; definitely romantic, but not necessarily shying from the realities of the era

These stories are, first and foremost about a particular place and time and the unique population mix that lived there. In that respect, the stories are suffused with realism. But it’s a setting so far removed from anything that most of us as readers could ever experience that even though it was wit

This collection of « local color » flows from one humid tale to the next, creating the impression that one is traveling through Natchitoches Parish and New Orleans meeting different residents. The diversity of characters keeps it interesting and shows that Kate Chopin was ahead of her time (mostly)

I read this because I am always interested novels/stories that hugely popular in their time, yet forgotten today. I was also interested because New Orleans is my favorite city in America. In fact I would say the thing of lasting value in this collection is that the author, a French speaker originall

A beautiful collection of stories about Louisiana and her people. Chopin vividly sketches Creoles, African-Americans, and Acadians. Some of her characters appear in more than one story, giving some connection and logic to the string of stories that comprise "Bayou Folk." The dialect is spot on and t

In the 1980s Rita Mae Brown described Kate Chopin as "very much a product of her time." Then, a decade later, Oprah Winfrey chose The Awakening as a selection of her Book Club. Now, Chopin reads like an anticipator of today's multiracial, gender-aware world. The short stories in A Night in Acadie de

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