"The Antoinette floating out of the window is the Antoinette represented in language, whereas the physical entity of Antoinette is denied existence completely to such an extent that her "brother" Richard does not (or refuses to) recognize her. Recognizing in her representation in patriarchy a cruel joke, she flees it, escaping the ghost that is her projection."
Fayad, Mona. "Unquiet Ghosts." Unquiet Ghosts: The Struggle for Representation in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. N.p.: Purdue Research Foundation, 1988. N. pag. Print.
This quotation from "Unquiet Ghosts" helps us to read this passage by providing a deeper meaning to this section of the novel. It gives us an insight into the changes the character of Antoinette goes through during the novel, converting her into a ghost of her previous self. The dress in the passage could aid to this image of the social structures and individuals around her changing her into someone different. "But I held the dress in my hand wondering if they had done that last and worst thing. If they had changed it when I wasn't looking." This quotation from the passage shows Antoinette wondering if the people around her had somehow altered her dress, changing it when she wasn't looking which mirrors the changes those around her caused, turning her into the ghost she has become. In the passage Antoinette also determines that if she had been wearing her red dress her brother would have recognized her. But the quotation from the essay helps us to understand why he really didn't recognize her, she has become a ghost of her former self and in this way she is totally unrecognizable to him. Antoinette escapes the ghost that was created and in doing so only the ghost is left, not her true self. She has been altered so much by the people around her and her own madness that all that exists afterwards is a ghost. that just as her dress, she is now unrecognizable.