Kate Chopin Short Stories

Kate Chopin wrote many short stories dealing with domestic issues, racism, and independent women, among other things.

I’ve included links and an approximate word count where possible.

Here is a list of her stories in alphabetical order of the first word of the title, excluding “A”, “An” and “The”.

Beyond the Bayou | 2,250 words

An African-American woman, La Folle, was frightened “out of her senses” as a child. As a result, she won’t cross an imaginary line in her area; she has never been beyond the bayou.

“Beyond the Bayou”

Desiree’s Baby | 2,150 words

A family with no children adopts an abandoned baby. When she grows up, her background proves to be a problem.

“Desiree’s Baby”

A Pair of Silk Stockings | 1,900 words

Mrs. Sommers, a great bargain hunter and responsible mother and wife, finds herself with a little extra money. She thinks of all the practical things she could do with it, but gets distracted when she examines a fine pair of silk stockings.

“A Pair of Silk Stockings”

A Point at Issue!  | 4,300 words

Eleanor and Charles, newlyweds, go on their honeymoon and then, because of different interests, decide to spend time apart. Local society doesn’t approve of married people living this way.

“A Point at Issue”

Regret | 1,500 words

An unmarried, fifty year-old country woman is called on to look after a neighbor’s children for a while. She gradually adjusts to their presence and needs.

“Regret”

A Respectable Woman | 1,450 words

Mrs. Baroda’s husband tells her that his friend, Gouvernail, is going to stay with them for a while. She was looking forward to some quiet time after doing a lot of entertaining. Her husband thinks very highly of Gouvernail, but she isn’t impressed with him.

“A Respectable Woman”

A Shameful Affair | 2,250 words

Mildred Orme, a young woman, is staying at an acquaintance’s country house. She spends her days sitting on the front porch, reading. One day when the farmhands are coming in for lunch, one of her papers blows off the railing. A young man hands it to her; he stays on her mind in the coming days.

“A Shameful Affair”

The Storm | 1,900 words

While her husband is waiting out a storm at a local store, Calixta is at home. She goes to bring in her laundry from the front porch when she sees an old love, Alcee. She invites him inside.

“The Storm”

The Story of an Hour | 1,010 words

A woman receives the news that her husband has been killed in a train accident. She processes the news over the next hour, experiencing a range of emotions.

“The Story of an Hour”

 

As I read more Kate Chopin short stories they will be added to this page.