Mr. Pontellier’s behavior when he returns home reveals that his character is
A easygoing, because he immediately enters into the family’s routine
B softhearted, because he is overwhelmed by concern for the children
C self-centered, because he disrupts the sleep of his wife and children
D disorganized, because he has accidentally broken an important promise
E insecure, because he wants his wife to be impressed by his social life
The answer is C, he is self-centered
This can be seen when he wakes up his sleeping family when he returns home. He wakes up his “wife, who was in bed and fast asleep,” talks to her about his day even though he can see that she’s clearly tired, and gets upset when she does not respond the way he wants. He also wakes up his children and “turned and shifted the youngsters about in bed,” and then expects his wife to get out of bed to take care of Raoul when he decides that the kid has a fever.