The point of view is mainly that of Isabel's husband, William, excerpt for the last part of the story, whcih was from Isabel's point of view.
The themes are maarriage, change, and friendship.
Isabel is shallow, and obsessed with being surrounded by material wealth after coming into a higher lifestyle.
William is her husband, who wants to return to the old family life, he is tired of working long hours, and his relationship with Isabel is deteriorating.
Dennis and Bill are their old friends, a writer and painter , they struggle with Isabel's new attitude.
Moira is her new friend, who helps her meet the right new people, and is a role model for being shallow.