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the story of an hour


            "The story of an hour- is a story written by Kate Chopin, an American author.
            
             Kate Chopin was born Kate O'Flaherty, on February 8, 1850 in St. Louis/Missouri. She was the daughter of an Irish immigrant father and a French Creole mother. Kate was the third of five children, but her sisters died in infancy and her brothers, from her father's first marriage, in their early twenties. She was the only child who lived past the age of twenty-five. S.
             In 1855, a short time prior to her father's work-related death, at age 5, she was sent to a Catholic boarding school in St. Louis. .
             For the next two years she lived at home, surrounded by smart, independent and single women. They were her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Victoria Charleville, who taught her French, music, and the gossip on St. Louis women of the past. With that arrangement, until Katherine was sixteen, no married couples lived in her home, although it was full of brothers, uncles, cousins, and borders.
             Then, she returned to the Sacred Heart Academy, the Catholic boarding school, where the nuns were known for their intelligence. She was the top of her class and she won medals, and was elected into the elite Children of Mary Society.
             She studied both French and English literature and became an accomplished pianist. She attended numerous social events and became very popular in St. Louis high society. She also became interested in the movement for women's suffrage although she never became very politically active.
             When she was nineteen, she married Oscar Chopin, a twenty-five-year-old French-Creole businessman. They moved to New Orleans, and later to Cloutierville, in north central Louisiana. Kate and Oscar were very happy together and soon they were a part of the high society. Oscar tolerated Kate's "unconventional" ways, even though relatives warned him not to. Oscar treated her as an intellectual equal and didn't seem to mind that she smoked, drank, and behaved as her own person.


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