Mrs Mallard has never really contemplated being free of the bonds of marriage before. She receives the news in a
storm of grief
which suggests that she is genuinely distressed by the tragedy. Louisa’s understanding of the implications of her husband’s death take time to permeate her consciousness. She sees blue sky among the clouds, then begins to understand the enormity of the change that she would experience after his funeral-
she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely.
She weighs up that her love for Brently is much outweighed by the promise of liberty that she has glimpsed-
What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!
Louisa had more than likely never experienced such freedom. She would have gone from the subjugation of father and family to the 'powerful will' of her husband. Freedom had never been an option or a possibility before.