Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death. I believe that someone that was diagnosed extensive heart trouble in the mid 1800’s would be easily be susceptible to heart attack, or death. Another main point in this sentence is the immediate introduction of the death of Mrs. Mallards husband, as it strives to enlighten the reader quickly of the correlation between her heart trouble and her husband. This gives rise in suspicion towards a possible heart attack over the news presented before her, thus giving the reader a plot to follow along too closely.
Her husband’s friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of “killed.” When her husband’s friend Richards decided to let news to her, he was demonstrating an act of common grievance, but also showing a broader aspect in that brotherhood was much more important in the 1800’s.
She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The breath of rain, and its metaphorical meaning of washing away past moments to create a new wave of renewed existence, helped start the healing process, the peddler being the social aspect of her life laying a seed to form new relationships as well. The end of the paragraph extended its visual experience to the sound of a distant song from someone singing softly, this particular action helping Mrs. Mallard to understand the need to regain a sense of individualism and cultural refinement, the singing pulling emotions of mental chains that she was imprisoned upon.
There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistance with which men and women believe they have a...
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