"She was young, with a fair, calm face, shoes lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength."
At the beginning of the story, Mrs. Mallard received news that her husband, Mr. Mallard had died in a train accident. Mrs. Mallard was secretly relieved that he had died because that meant she was free form the arranged marriage. Later, in the end of the story, Mrs. Mallard and her sister were walking down the stairs and they saw Mr. Mallard come in through the door and Mrs. Mallard died from the shock.
An example of verbal irony in this story could be when Mrs. Mallard was sitting in her room thinking about how she would feel at Mr. Mallard's funeral and she said she would be sad to see his body but then she thought about how they never really loved each other and she felt hopeful that her life would be better without him.
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