Mrs. Sommers had once been bound by her fear of the uncertain future, but she developed into a woman who embraces the present and lives a carefree life. In the beginning of the story, it explains that Mrs. Sommers never had the time to reminisce and “The needs of the present absorbed her every faculty. A vision of the future like some dim, gaunt monster sometimes appalled her…” (1). From this piece of text, Mrs. Sommers is afraid of the horrifying future that may take control of her life and ultimately ruin her, but she has already allowed it to gain access to herself. She becomes a slave to the fear and avoids the future by focusing on the present. On the contrary, when she goes to watch a play, it states “She gathered in the whole–stage and players and people in one wild impression, and absorbed it and enjoyed it,” (3). Mrs. Sommers will now live every moment of her life to the fullest, unrestricted by what lies ahead. She decides to no longer determine her existence solely on running away from her anxiety, but to take all the opportunities she obtains to make the most out of her time. Mrs. Sommers has gained self-determination as well as overcoming her fear over the course of the story.