She is trying to get John to feel guilty and make him stay with her during the terrible storm. John’s absence leaves Ann to continually over think her love for him. In addition, Ann is isolated physically by her location. Her and John live in the prairies, where houses are separated by large fields and hills. This means other than the people in your household, you are miles away from your neighbour or other people in the prairies. This makes Ann lonely when John goes to work, since he is the only person he talks to. Ann is isolated by the prairies that she lives in: “Even the distant farmsteads she [can] see [serves] only to intensify a sense of isolation” (Ross 289). Clearly, Ann is left to feel alienated in the setting and when she looks outside it only intensifies her sense of remoteness. This shows how Ann experiences isolation physically and emotionally in the story “The Painted Door”.
Notably, in “One’s a Heifer” Vickers lives alone in his cabin and has been living alone for a while,