Textual Description – Re-presentation: Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour (4.1)

Visual Description by Megan Cross

00:00- Black Screen Throughout

00:02- Image of a broken heart, words fade onto screen, text in white with the words “heart trouble” and “death” in dark red.

00:05- “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death.”

00:18- “Killed” written in red appears as the only image on a black screen. More text, in white, slowly fades in around it at separate intervals.

00:20- “It was her sister Josephine who told her,”

00:22- “in broken sentences;”

00:24- Railroad sounds begin, more words appear in white, with “railroad disaster” in red and “Brently Mallard” in orange

00:24- “veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. Her husband’s friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of ‘killed.’”

00:38- the text fades out as the railroad sounds fade

00:40- white text appears on black screen, with “alone” written in red

00:40: “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.”

00:41- sound of a woman weeping

00:42- sound of a door slamming

00:48- more white text appears, with “no one” written in green

00:48- “She would have no one follow her.”

00:51- white text quickly scrolls in from the edges on the top of the screen, “fearfully” written in yellow “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully.”

00:55- white text slowly emerges from the middle of the screen “What was it?”

00:57- more white text appears just below the previous line “But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents,”

00:59- sound of birds chirping

01:00- white text swirls from the background, “color” written in deep purple

01:00- “the color that filled the air.”

01:04- A large, white, bold word appears solely on the screen “FREE!”

01:10- More white text appears beside the previous word, with a picture of a flying dove against a blue sky appearing below it “Body and soul free!”

01:14- white text slowly appears below the picture “she kept whispering.”

01:19- background is a picture of soft-focused pink spring flowers

01:22- black text scrolls on top of the screen. “Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her.”

01:25- black text slowly appears just below original text, with “spring” and “summer” written in purple “Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own.”

01:28- black text slowly fades onto the bottom of the screen, with “shudder” written in italics “She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.”

01:30- black background screen returns with white text already on the screen. The phrase “opened the door” is written in blue and “goddess of Victory is written in pink “She arose at length and opened the door to her sister’s importunities. There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory. She clasped her sister’s waist, and together they descended the stairs.”

01:33- sound of a woman giggling

01:44- slide fades out to black, new white text appears at the top of the screen along with the sound of a door being unlocked “Some one was opening the front door with a latchkey.”

01:46- white text appears in the middle of the slide, with “Brently Mallard” written in orange “It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella.”

01:47- sound of door opening

01:50- small white text slowly fades onto the bottom of the screen, with “far” written in yellow and “cry” written in red “He had been far from the scene of the accident, and did not even know there had been one. He stood amazed at Josephine’s piercing cry; at Richards’ quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife”

01:52- sound of heart pounding

01:55- slide pauses for a three seconds for effect

01:59- heart beat stops abruptly

02:00- simple black screen appears with silence

02:04- slowly one large word written in pink fades in on the black screen “Joy”

02:07- white text appears surrounding the original word “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease”

02:10- “of the joy”

02:14- more white text appears with “kills” written in red

02:14- “that kills.”

02:17- fade out to black screen