I thought this story was very hilarious. It also kind of reminded me a little of Brooksmith, not so much in the characters but how all the women are all gathered around to discuss books and such. It gave me a similar feel to how all the men got together to discuss whatever they were discussing. This is also a classic depiction of how Edith Wharton views women. She makes them all ditzy and having them act like they know what is going on but when they really do not have a clue at what they are saying.
This ghost story was different from all of the other ones we have read by Edith Wharton so far such as Afterward, The Eyes and the other ones, but this one was different. Sure it was creepy when all of the help disappeared and the silence was also a bit scary, but lets face it everyone can be afraid of being alone with their own thoughts thats why we make noise because we are so afraid to be left in silence. I dunno, I was just sort of expecting something a little more structured the same way as the past stories.