Chopin admires—or, more to the point, sympathizes with—Mrs. Mallard's behavior. In the course of an hour, Mrs. Mallard hears her husband has died in a train accident, retires by herself to grieve, and then experiences joy and elation as she realizes she now has the freedom to lead her own life on her own terms. When her husband returns, reports of his death having been mistaken, she dies from shock and disappointment.
Chopin presents Mrs. Mallard's self-honesty, in being able to understand how mixed her feelings are about her husband's death, as sympathetic. Mrs. Mallard does mourn her husband and acknowledge he was good to her, but she also has the intelligence and insight to realize that she has been liberated by his death. Chopin does not condemn Mrs. Mallard as evil for having these emotions. Instead, she presents the idea of Mrs. Mallard becoming an independent person as a desirable situation.