Louise’s husband, Brently Mallard, is portrayed as a good man, who always looked on her with love (paragraph 12). He himself has done nothing to justify her relief at the news of his death. Indeed, he, like Louise, is more acted upon than acting, but then, it is the traditional married state itself that has been giving her pressure. The context of the story, emphasizing as it does the onrush of Louise’s feelings, guides our perceptions of her. She does not create the feelings, but rather they overwhelm her as she retires to her room.