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What can be inferred about Mrs. Mallard's Marriage in "The Story of An Hour"?

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Readers can infer two main things about Mrs. Mallard's marriage based on her reaction to her husband's reported death. One thing that can be inferred is that she loves her husband. We are not told that she has to fake her sadness or her tears.

She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms.
When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.

They are legitimate tears of sorrow. Her husband has been a faithful companion and provider for her for however many years they have been together. The narrator flat out tells readers that Mrs. Mallard loved her husband.

And yet she had loved him—sometimes.

It's the "sometimes" that leads readers into other inferences about their marriage. A few lines later, readers get the following quote.

"Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering.

Mrs. Mallard is very excited at what life holds for her now that her husband is no longer a part of it. She is free to pursue her own...

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