Josephine telling Mrs. Mallard about the passing of her husband. Her husbands friend was there too, it was him who had been in the newspaper office when the rail road disaster was received. Brently Mallards name was on the page leading the list with "killed".
Mrs. Mallard slowly walked up to her room alone. She sat down in the roomy armchair facing the open window. She sank down into the seat and she was pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and was motionless. She started to feel young again and whispered that her body and soul was free.
Josephine started to bang on the door for her to open it since she could get sick but Mrs. Mallard said no and told her she was fine but she was fine and also relived that he was gone. She was thinking of all the long summer and spring days that he would no longer be there and the days would be her own. But after a little she got up and opened the door to her sister and walked down stairs.
The short story element of conflict (person vs self) enhances the short story element of plot (exposition)
When she looked at her sister she saw a feverish triumph in her eyes and carries herself unwittingly like a goddess of victory down stairs. Richards stood at the bottom waiting for them then someone opened the door it was Brently Mallard who entered and he said he was far from the scene of the accident and did not even know there was one!
He stood amazed at Josephine's piercing cry; at Richard's quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife.When the doctors arrived at the house they said that she died of a heart disease-- of the joy that kills... They said this because they thought she was so happy to see her husband that she had a heart attack.
The short story element of conflict (person vs self) enhances the short story element of the mood (devastating).