WHAT should we make of the story's wierd ending?
The story's end is indeed ambiguous and puts the onus on the reader to interpret possible meanings.
A way to read the story overall is that a woman has been infantilized, closed into a converted nursery and forbidden to write by her husband and brother. If this story were written today, readers would quickly surmise that she is suffering from postpartum depression, and instead of being isolated, she should be treated with therapy and/or medication. Her slow psychological unraveling as the story progresses builds readers' sympathy because she is so often left on her own with no one...
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