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The Story of an Hour

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In these four stories, Kate Chopin subtly captures the intricate interior lives of a generation of women. From the famous proto-feminist tale "The Story of an Hour" to the subtly sexy "A Respectable Woman," Chopin sheds light on the frustrations, desires, and dreams of her own era and their reverberations today. Artist Gemma Correll's quirky illustrations provide a perfect ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Tale Blazers (first published 1894)
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Jan 24, 2017 Diane rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible short story by Kate Chopin, published in 1894. The story is about a woman who learns her husband has been killed, and she is contemplating her future. I'd say this is a must-read for anyone interested in American feminist writings.

I first read "The Story of an Hour" years ago in a literature class, but decided to look it up again after the recent presidential inauguration.

You see, I'm one of the folks who is experiencing great distress over the results of the 2016 election.
Jan 06, 2016 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short stroy that really packs a punch.

I had never heard of this short story by Kate chopin until a review by a goodreads friend and I knew I had to read it. I love when an author in so few pages can capture a reads imagination and create a story that is interesting, well written and with a good old fashioned twist thrown in for good measure.

Loved it, " Good Goods come in small parcels

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I read "The Story of an Hour," written in 1894, with my real-life book club, and we had an interesting discussion about the themes in this story and similar ones in some other stories we read at the same time, like The Yellow Wall-Paper. Kate Chopin, a US author, was one of the earliest feminist authors. The main character runs the gamut of emotions in just an hour.

Louise Mallard, a young wife with heart trouble, has just been told by her sister that Louise's husband was killed in a terrible tr
Jan 06, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HA! All I can say about this SUPER short classic story without giving away the shocker of an ending is.......Poor Louise.

Must read more Kate Chopin!

Diane S ☔
Dec 31, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short story with a major twist. Could fit in nicely with Alanis Morisette's song, "Isn't it Ironic."
Easily one of my favorite shorts. The prose is alluring and emotionally captivating, and despite the brevity of the text, this story packs a severe punch complete with a twist laden in tragic irony.

Sep 26, 2015 Mario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Short, but also such a deep and thought provoking read.
Tatiana Khaykina
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Aug 25, 2011 Ij rated it it was amazing
The Story of an Hour

Written by: Kate Chopin

The Story of an Hour


Mrs. Louise Mallard
Josephine (Louise’s sister)
Brently Mallard (Louise’s husband)
Richards (Brently’s friend)

A lot can happen in an hour!

Louise Mallard has heart trouble. Her sister Josephine and her husband’s friend Richards use caution when informing her that Brently had been killed in a railroad disaster. Richards had used care to verify the incident. A second telegram had confirmed the sad communications, originally
Shoa Khan
Short, strange story with a surprising twist!
ali rezaei
Dec 21, 2014 ali rezaei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
متاسفانه برچسب فمنیسم و اباطیلی که در لوای جنبش پان فمنیسم در سال های اخیر
خود را نماینده افکار یا حقوق زنان مدرن نشان می دهند فرصت بررسی و قضاوت عادلانه را برای بسیاری از
تفکرات عمیق زنانه سلب کرده اند
داستان یک ساعت می تواند یکی از این افکار یا آثار باشد
داستان کوتاه "داستان یک ساعت" داستان یک ساعت از بودن است
از خود بودن
از دیدن زندگی به شکلی که جریان دارد و آن شادی کشنده اش
سیمون دوبوار می گوید
زن بت است ، الهه هست ، مادر است ، جادوگراست ،پری است اما هرگز (خودش) نیست
اکتاویو پاز در کتاب دیالیکتیک
May 31, 2008 Niki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
I LOVE Kate Chopin; all of her. While I don't think of myself as a raging feminist, I respect the themes of feminism that run throughout her short fiction. The Story of and Hour was meaningful in my life when I was going through some tough times. I photocopied it and carried it around with me, as a sort of comfort. (weird, I know). Still, it is powerful, super-short, and just fantastic.

Much of her short fiction is touching and funny and sad. I just adore everything she's written.
Sep 29, 2011 Jianne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: If you want to read a short story with a great meaning.
Recommended to Jianne by: My Englit. teacher.
Ever since my classes on English Literature started, I love almost all the excerpts that we read. I really wanted to read the whole novel already! The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin is the second short story that I've read for Englit. class and you bet, its been my favorite so far!

The Story of an Hour describes the series of emotions Louise Mallard endures after hearing of the death of her husband, who was believed to have died in a railroad disaster. Mrs. Mallard suffers from heart problems an
Mar 26, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good literary short story about a young woman who grieves after losing her husband then realizes she can live for herself. Definitely check it out for yourself. You can read it here at this website:
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I'm stepping away from all the sci-fi short stories, and trying something else (you can read this story here).

In spite of its length, The Story of an Hour made me feel quite emotional.

At first, I was reluctant because I was immediately thrown into the heaviness of Mr. Mallard's death (I usually prefer to avoid sad stories). Then, I felt outraged that this woman, who just found out about her husband, has an epiphany and feels free. Realization and shame struck me next.

There would be no one to l
رؤیا (Roya)
داستانی که خواندنش فقط چند دقیقه طول میکشد و پیامش تا ساعتی با خواننده میماند. گرچه که من هرگز معنای فیمینست بودن را به خوبی درک نکردم اما که زن بودن در قالب هرآنچه غیر از خود بودن را به روشنی درک میکنم. اگر این داستان تمام زنان است که پس ما با طبیعتی از پیش ساخته مواجه ایم و ناچار اگر نه که پس چه کسی کجای راه اشتباه رفته و مسیرش را ما به اشتباه تر پیموده ایم؟
سه ستاره را به خانم مرجان محمدی میدهم که با ترجمه سلیس و روانشان و البته لینک داستان خواندن را راحت تر کردند
Mar 01, 2017 Jen rated it it was amazing
This story resonated with me when I read it in high school. Still does. Incredibly depressing, but worthy read IMHO. Five stars.
Apr 06, 2012 Prashant rated it it was amazing
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I am simply baffled after reading this story. It left me with more questions then I would have ever liked to ponder.

These are the kind of questions we live with our whole lives. Some just give up the hope and many others die trying to find the answer.

--> Was she really happy that her husband was dead or was it her hysterical answer to the absurdity of the situation?

--> Did she really have only these fleeting moments when she loved her husband or was she trying to make the situation less p
Jan 22, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
I gave The Story of an Hour, which is public domain and can be found at, a full 5 stars because I read the story along with two other people, and we each had a different take on why the protagonist reacted the way she did. Only great works can make like-minded people see things in a different way. This short story is packed with great detail and has made me an instant fan of Chopin.

A Pair of Silk Stockings had me admiring the protagonist one minute and th
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
It wouldn't take one hour to read this. The plot is simple: a young wife is told about her husband's sudden death in an accident. A sob comes up into her throat, then a thought into her mind, then confusion, followed by a growing exaltation... In so short a period that happens within the story and outside of it as one reads, Kate Chopin successfully dramatizes the eons women had been treated as property, second class citizens, or of less worth as men. "Impaired males," as a canonized saint had d ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good, very short & free story available for free here:
Feb 19, 2014 Abeer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readforclass, america
I took 'the story of an hour' in my intro to lit class in my all female college in saudi arabia so this is a bit of a complicated situation.
it is obvious to me from my professor's choices of material that she is a feminist. she however keeps denying it which I understand.
one of my classmates, a lovely girl who I like a lot, did not seem to enjoy all these stories that attacked monogamy, society and even religion. I don't think the attack was on any of these things but simply on sexism being thr
Jun 08, 2010 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 11-grades
This novel is about woman oppression. I was really into this book because there was a lot of irony in it. The main character, Mrs. Mallard is a woman who became insane because of being contained by her husband for a long time. In the end, Mrs. Mallard hears a rumor that her husband was hit by a car. The normal response from a regular person would be "Oh my gosh!" But instead, Mrs. Mallard screams in joy. This was ironic because as soon as she thought that her husband died, she rejoiced. But soon ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing
"There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination."

Fantastic story that makes me, at least, appreciate even more the strides toward social equality and econom
This is a great example of how a short story should be written, with few words making a big impact.

The language was lovely. Chopin depicted the emotions throughout wonderfully. That feeling of not even knowing you're repressed until you're free. The twist ending was a real surprise, and I could really feel every bit of that tragic irony.

This was well worth the few minutes it took to read, and certainly worth an additional few minutes for a re-read. I would definitely recommend this for anyone l
Jan 17, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of provocative, even shocking, stories by New Orleans writer Kate Chopin, in which she deliberately reverses the power dynamic between men and women in relationships. It's difficult not to describe this work without seeming chauvinist, but all I can suggest is, take a look, make your own judgements. For my part, I found the stories challenging and rewarding.
Dec 21, 2014 Farzane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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چه داستان تکان دهنده ای! برای لوئیس گریه کردم و آرزوهایی که به گور برد!
سپاس از خانم محمدی بابت ترجمه زیبای این اثر
Jim Drewery
Dec 22, 2013 Jim Drewery rated it liked it
Many a reader has come away from reading Kate Chopin's “The Story of an Hour” with the incorrect impression that Mrs. Mallard has died from the shock to her delicate heart of seeing her husband alive after it has been erroneously reported shortly before that he was killed in a tragic accident. One can easily see how a cursory read of this piece could leave such an impression, after all the opening line of the story states, “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care ...more
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
In The Story of an Hour, Mrs. Mallard’s emotion was extremely changed in a short period of time. At first, she was faced with disbelieve and sorrow, then happiness came to her, in the end, it was said by the doctor that “of joy that kills.” Why would a wife’s emotion changed so suddenly during a short time? It seemed to be a natural reaction for Mrs. Mallard to bury herself in sorrow and tears for her husband’s death. However, no one might consider the possibility that some part of her might al ...more
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Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans after marrying Oscar Chopin in 1870. Less than a decade later Oscar's cotton business fell on hard times and they moved to his family's plantation in the Natchitoches Parish of northwestern Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate was suddenl ...more
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“There would be no one there to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistance with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination.” 30 likes
“When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease - of the joy that kills.” 24 likes
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