Miss Smith’s arrival gives her life a sense of purpose and she is determined to look after her. Although her generosity and compassion are sincere and unpremeditated, they are not entirely altruistic. It is an unconscious act of self-justification and self-gratification. Read More Short Stories It increases her self-esteem by demonstrating her magnanimity and justifies her wealth because it is going to be put to good use. She is also fascinated by the novelty of her decision and knows it will impress her friends when she recounts her experience. In a way Miss Smith is as much an ‘object’ of interest as the enamel box—both are her finds and she, their proud discoverer. This is exemplified by her treatment of Miss Smith. She decides Miss Smith will accompany her, she forces her into a chair, she divests her of her coat and hat, she determines that she will be her confessor, she speaks for Miss Smith when Philip asks to be excused, all the time not even bothering to find out her name.