How might heart trouble be more than a physical ailment? Note that this is the first thing we are told about her and how other people respond to her. Evidently this is--at least for those around her--an important part of who she is. Who took care? Why is this written in the passive voice, with a "hidden" subject? What does this construction suggest about Mrs. Mallard's customary environment?
Why is she tantalizing her with hints? Is this alerting us that there may be other "veiled hints" in the story? What does this suggest about how the family views Mrs. M.?
In bearing the sad message-
What does this paragraph suggest about Richards' feelings for Mrs. M? Why is he in such a hurry? Is the code of the "southern gentleman" at work here, or could there be more to his concern than that?
Why are we first told how she does NOT hear the news? What does this reaction suggest about her? about how "ladies" were expected to react? Look for repeated uses of the negatives and positives in the story and consider why they might be used.
With sudden abandonment
What does this passionate response tell us about her? This is our first real clue as to what sort of person she is--aside from her reported state of health.
Facing the window, ..
How are the window and chair descriptions suggestive of longing or desire? What do they imply about her ordinary life? Look for other images associated with open and closed.
Haunted her body
What does this very dramatic (even melodramatic) statement suggest about her psychological state? her life? Note the intimate connection between body and soul.
New spring life
Note the contrast of motion and stillness. Why is the time of year so important?
Delicious ordinarily refers to taste. Who is "tasting" here? Why is the word used?
She too has been "crying." What does this detail, as well as the other sensory images, tell you about what she is experiencing?
Patches of... [continues]
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