But the nurse is never described or designated as anything other than a "quadroon." This word signifies that the nurse is black, and therefore easily dismissed from Edna's world. But if the reader does not dismiss the nurse, it becomes obvious that "quadroon" tells the reader nothing about what the nurse looks like. Is she light? Is she dark? Fat? Skinny? She is described as meek; she follows the children "at the respectful distance which they required her to observe" (12). She knows her position in the world, and this contrasts sharply with Edna's realization of her own position, which is revealed a few lines after the nurse is seen following the children. Paraphrase The methods employed by Kate Chopin, in The Awakening, include using language that implies the insignificance of black people in society. Chopin describes Edna’s nurse with a term that implies she is black, but in an understated way, that draws little attention to the fact. In order to create the sense of unimportance in the nurse’s role, there is little description about her role as a caretaker for Edna’s children. The importance of the role of caring for the children is approached by focusing on Edna’s apparent inability to take on a more nurturing and natural care taking role.