Mrs. Mallard's family learns her husband has been killed in a train crash. After hearing the news, Mrs. Mallard goes to her room alone while her sister worries about her. Mrs. Mallard realizes she is free. With this newly obtained freedom, she descends the stairs to continue her day. Just then Mr. Mallard, alive and well, walks through the front door. Mrs. Mallard drops dead.
Mrs. Mallard's sister learns her brother-in-law has been killed in a train crash. She must break the newsto her sister gently because Mrs. Mallard has a bad heart.
Mrs. Mallard hears the news of her husband's death. Richard, a family friend, is there to console herin this horrible moment.
Mrs. Mallard goes to her room alone and pondersthe new situation she finds herself in. "Free" is theonly word that comes to her mind, and it repeatsitself several times as she sits alone.
While Mrs. Mallard is upstairs alone, her sister is convinced she is reacting horribly and wantsto console her. In a little while, she hears hersister coming downstairs.
Just as Mrs. Mallard is coming down the stairs withrenewed energy because now she is free,Mr. Mallard, alive and well, walks through the frontdoor.