In the beginning of the story, Granny perceives no reason for Doctor Harry to be visiting her, and blames this visit upon Cornelia, her daughter. For, she tells the doctor that the only reason she has taken to her bed is to "get rid of her."
Like many elderly people who have always been healthy, Granny Weatherall believes that there is nothing seriously wrong with her.
"Get along and doctor your sick....I'll call you when I need you....Don't let Cornelia lead you on," she shouted.
But, the reader soon detects that there is a certain irony to this exposition as Granny's eyes soon close as "a dark curtain drawn around her bed" seems to appear. Then her supposed conversation with Cornelia is incongruous as Cornelia's replies do not fit Granny's questions.
Throughout the narrative Granny fades in and out of consciousness, and the lines between the present and the past, reality and memory blur, reflecting probably what actually transpires as someone departs life.