Another part of the story I find intriguing is the process which the woman goes through in which she moves from being distraught to being elated. The emotions both negative and positive are very genuine, which makes me wonder about her relationship with her husband. Is he a good man, or is he oppressive?
Finally, I wonder if there is a reason for the cruel irony at the end of the story that makes this tale stick with us. Is the surprise placed at the end of the story simply for entertainment, or is there a meaning or a statement behind it?