After learning that her husband is on the list of those killed in a railroad disaster, Mrs. Mallard "would have no one follow her." Having reached the privacy of her bedroom, she sits facing the window where she can look out and perceive "the new spring of life" that is in the trees and, like nature, is also aquiver in her soul. Chopin's next sentence suggests this tone of hope in a new life:
The delicious breath of rain was in the air....The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.
All these signs of nature--the far horizon of tree tops, the "spring of life" in the "delicious rain" and singing of voices, the twittering of birds--indicate the change that comes over the woman "with a heart trouble" whose trouble has been solved. For, the repressed Mrs. Mallard can now foresee a future, and a new future, a spring of hope. Like the outdoors that she views from her window, Mrs. Mallard feels new life burgeoning in her soul; the tone of renewal is in her as well as in nature. For the first time, with a tone of renewed hope, she can look beyond each day and see the "tree tops" and "patches of blue sky" in her future.