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The setting itself is what makes their arrival in the spring so significant. Although the narrator's new home is filled with the memories of a dead wife, the grounds and their beauty allow her to fall in love with her new home. A walk with her husband unveils the beauty of the estate; the valley of azaleas, the cove, a game of fetch with her husbands dog. All of these warm her to a home that is filled with cold and dread. We can see a sense of hope from this vision of the estate that wouldn't have been possible in another season.