Edna entirely abandons her Tuesday ritual, and begins to indulge whatever whim strikes her fancy. Neither does she back down in the face of her husband's anger; indeed, "[s]he had resolved never to take another step backward." Mr. Pontellier eventually leaves Edna alone, as she requests. She works on her art, but does not find it fulfilling. She alternates between being happy and unhappy, but without knowing why. No accident, then, that she finds herself singing "si tu savais"-if you knew (see Chapter XIV).