It can be argued that the moral of the story is that war results in devastating consequences for humanity. The story demonstrates that war perpetrates suffering on both soldiers and civilians alike. The costs of war are thus physical, spiritual, economic, and social in nature. However, who can fully and adequately quantify the devastating effects of war?
In the story, Mrs. Drover's soldier lover returns to fulfill a twenty-five year old promise to her. However, the author does not reveal whom Mrs. Drover sees in the taxi. Instead, the author leaves us to decide how we will interpret Mrs. Drover's frantic screams. Many have argued that Mrs. Drover's "demon lover" is the actual taxi driver. However, others maintain that war has so traumatized Mrs. Drover that she has lost her grip on reality.
Today, many mental health experts contend that war has a devastating effect on women. More women are affected by mental disorders in the face of war than men. In Afghanistan (a war-torn country), a study documents that almost 70% of respondents showed symptoms of depression. Meanwhile, a similar percentage experienced daily feelings of acute anxiety. Women had higher rates of anxiety and depression than men in both cases. So, psychological and emotional scarring are definitely induced by horrific war experiences.