The Garden Party

What is the shadowy meaning Mr Neave has at the end of the story?

"An ideal family" by katherine mansfield

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Neave recognizes his limitations due to age and like the old man he dreads the drudgery of continuing to live a life of self-imposed isolation. Like Sisyphus of Greek mythology who was forced to eternally roll a stone up a hill, Mr. Neave will carry on as he has always done because he feels he has no other choice.