Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.
VI Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined, and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.
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