In my American Literature II class, there is a debate that has the class divided on one singular part of the text: whether or not Calixta actually invited Alcee into her house or to only wait on the gallery like he actually asked. I personally believe that she merely in her creole vernacular told him it was alright for him to wait in the shade of her porch (which turned out not to be any better than standing out in the open in the storm). Some of my classmates believe that she invited him to come inside her house, but he was doing the gentlemanly thing of staying outside like he initially asked. Does anyone have any resolving points on this argument? My class and I think it matters.