- Elusive (Adjective) – tending to evade grasp or pursuit /hard to comprehend or define
Taken from Kate Chopin’s “The Story of An Hour”
“The was something coming to her and she was waiting for, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name.”
Chopin used the word elusive to describe the unknown feeling that Mrs. Mallard is experiencing. It was use to fully show that Mrs. Mallard is at the point of thinking something unpleasant and complicated after her husband’s death, which is actually the sense of being glad that she’s finally free despite of a bad event.