“Alcée reached the ball very late, of course—too late for the chicken gumbo which had been served at midnight.” – ‘Cadian Ball, Kate Chopin, 1892
‘Cadian Ball by Kate Chopin is so packed with information it takes a few readings to pick up on all the characters, their importance and all the events that take place before “le bal est fini” – the ball is finished.
If you haven’t read Chopin’s short story, you can find it here, and by all means – READ IT! And, as far as I’m concerned, read all her works.
Calixta and Clarisse, Bobinot and Alcee – I love the dynamics of these four characters.
But, in the background is this ball – the Acadian Ball, where the short story draws its name. I want to go to a party like this!
All night music and dancing and lemonade and chicken gumbo and card games and a room just for the babies to sleep (le parc aux petits) – sounds like a good time to me!
I admire the way Chopin works her settings into the stories and it becomes almost another character.
And, I’d like a bowl of gumbo, please!
If you’re a writer, how do you use setting in your stories?
As a reader, what settings in stories have been your favorite?
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