The setting of "Bliss" is Bertha and Harry Young's beautiful townhouse. Bertha has come home that afternoon in anticipation of the dinner party she and Harry are throwing in the evening. During the story, she moves from the dining room to the nursery to the drawing room, where she can look down at the lovely pear tree in the garden.
The setting shows the Youngs to be a well-to-do young couple who can afford servants and a fine home. The dining room has a mirror and a carpet, and Bertha arranges fruit she has purchased in part for its beautiful effect. She piles the fruit in a glass bowl as well as a blue bowl that shimmers as if it had been dipped in milk.
In the nursery, she insists on holding her baby. The nursery contains a low table where the baby eats and has a warm fire. After spending some time with her baby, Bertha moves to the drawing room, where she lights the fire. Here, there are many sofas and chairs onto which Bertha tosses cushions. Windows overlook the garden.
Bertha feels blissful through most of the story because the surface appearance of her life is so lovely. However, she doesn't look beneath the surface until what is underneath rears up to confront her.