When Louise Mallard shuts herself in her room, she sits in front of a window. The window is open, symbolizing a sense of possibility and a reinvigoration of Louise’s senses and, therefore, her feeling of being alive. She smells the fresh scent of rain coming in from outside. She sees trees moving in the wind and portions of blue sky stretching between heavy clouds. She hears a merchant trying to sell his goods in the streets, fragments of a far-off song, and the sound of birds. It is by sitting in front of this open window that Louise begins to realize her own freedom and independence and the prospect that she can lead a life of her own. Experiencing the sights and sounds of the “new spring life” helps her get in touch with her own desire to burst forth into a new kind of life.
The Window Quotes in The Story of an Hour
She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.