Brentley Mallard enters the house, unaware that there has even been a train accident or that he was listed among those killed. And we know the truth. The answer is quite simple.
Richards and Josephine tell Mrs. The author developed many themes around the incidents that happen in that one hour, which are very differently interpreted than the usual norm for the times when this story was written.
And that is the thought that is too much to bear. Chopin showed the trappings of marriage, women's lack of choices in society and explored the idea of a woman desiring to be her own person and make her own way, outside of the confines of marriage.
They then see an emotionally worn out woman emerge from the room, walk down the stairs, see her husband coming through the door, and then drop dead from the shock.
It doesn't work out that way, of course; freedom and emancipation are not easily achieved. Mallard walks through the door.
That she is so happy to see him that the shock is more than her heart can take. So the assumption of grief and fear at her widow status is a fair one. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.