Kate Chopin’s “At the ‘Cadian Ball” discusses themes such as race, and economic and social class in the late 19th century in Louisiana. Chopin. Kate Chopin’s extraordinary Naturalist work “The Storm,” suppressed in her lifetime, as well as its prequel, At The ‘Cadian Ball. The works give us Calixta and . BobinĂ´t is seriously infatuated with Calixta, even though she doesn’t fully return the love. She proves a troubling character for the reserved.

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At the Cadian Ball

Is dat Mista Alcee? She had unconsciously been alternately rubbing one foot over the other during the chopiin recital. Chopin brings to the forefront class and language distinctions in late nineteenth century Louisiana.

He did not see them, and went slowly back. Although, compared to other ethnic groups like the Acadians, very few Cubans lived in the United States in the early 19th century, making Cubans a minority in Louisiana. He is somewhat of a simpleton, shown by his heavily accented, simplistic speech. The reader can only assume that Bruce will continue to dutifully fulfill his role as a servant to the white man.

However, Balk is portrayed as part Spanish.

Go yonda in the parc aux petits an’ ask Aunt Olisse fu’ my hat. At two in the morning, the narrator’s own bed an army cot tipped over, which he all but slept through.

If Alice happened to be in a serious mood, he might only go to the card-room and play a round or two; or he might stand out on the galleries talking crops and politics with the old people. Alcee, a wealthy Creole landowner, devastated by the failure of his rice crop, gets inebriated, leaves his czdian fiance Clarisse and rides off to the ‘Cadian Ball, perhaps to rendez-vous with old flame, Calixta? Another theme of the story is the inter-mingling of classes. No one did now. And if you come back here with any more talk, I ‘ll have to break your neck.


He had been giving them since he was a young man, and he was a middle-aged one, now.

He then gets drunk and goes to the Acadian Ball seeking mischief, namely the comfort of Calixta. At the ‘Cadian Ball by Kate Chopin. But it was nice hein, Calixta? You settin’ yere by yo’se’f, Calixta? The eyes that glanced into Alcee’s as they passed him were big, dark, soft as those of the young heifers standing out in the cool prairie grass.

She pretended not to see it. There had even been a breath of scandal whispered about her a year ago, when she went to Assumption, but why talk of it?

You ‘ll marry him some te hein, Calixta? It is something else. Jennifer Poh rated it liked it Sep 22, This discrimination results in the formation of specific social and economic classes. James ThurberSummary The narrate relates an incident of his youth when a bed fell on his father.

I want to go home, me. But all the men agreed she was at her best to-night.

Bobint himself was dull-looking and clumsy. Nice conduc’ for a Laballire. Well, cadina you want, yet, I don’ care, me. An’ he swalla dat mess in a wink, an’ wash hit down wid a big dram chopun w’iskey w’at he keep in he room, aginst he come all soppin’ wet outen de fiel’. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But he felt that something of serious import had brought his cousin to the ball in the dead of night.


Later when her dad comes home, she asks him if the world is going to end and explains why she is concerned. He say, ‘I kin mak out to stan’ up an’ gi’ an’ take wid any man Cadiab knows, lessen hit ‘s John L.

Kate Chopin – At the Cadian Ball

Calixta’s senses were reeling; and they well-nigh left her when she felt Alcee’s lips brush her ear like the touch of a rose. Whitney rated it liked it Jul 07, There was a room at one side where sober-faced men were playing cards.

To ask other readers questions about At the ‘Cadian Ballplease sign up. Clarisse was standing there in her riding-habit, where the negro had stood. But she clinched her hand tight. His speechlessness was frightful. By midnight of the particular night, everyone was in bed. Clarisse, her goddaughter helped her a little, and together they built more air-castles than enough. It was not uncommon for a Creole man to attend an Acadian ball, but as Clarisse shows, it would be a rare occurrence for a Creole woman to stoop so low as to go to a ball attended by her social and economic inferiors.

Clarisse is Alcee’s cousin. That was the year Alcee Laballire put nine hundred acres in rice. Therefore, because he is not educated, neither is he allowed to vote, which prevents him from taking part in political life in society.