One of the most interesting parts of the “The Story of an Hour” (1894) by Kate Chopin is based on Mrs. Mallard’s reaction to the death of her husband. When Mrs. Mallard is informed of the death of her husband in a train crash, she is sad at first but immediately starts contemplating her new found life and freedom. The mourners are careful in breaking the news to her, but although she takes the news with sadness, she retreats to her room and contemplates her freedom. This is short-lived as she dies of a heart attack when she finds out that her husband was not involved in the accident, and he is still alive. Although Mrs. Ballard may have behaved beyond the expectations of a mourning person at the time, her reaction is justified.