This is by far my favorite ghost story of Edith Wharton's so far. Her use of the ghosts/supernatural as a medium for something else in the story make sit much eerier. I wonder what the eyes are to symbolize. I know Culwin points out it may be when he does harm to others, which I think could be true. It's like the thought of someone watching you and judging you for what you've done. Though the end of the story threw me off a bit.
Seeing Wharton's outlook on love is interesting. She writes very differently than James when it comes to love, maybe because she knows it more or has been able to express it while James couldn't. I like the idea of Deering being different in real life than he is in the letters. It makes a lot of sense, building up the idea of someone and then being disappointed by them.
We really get Wharton's idea on women in this story. The female characters give us a lot: "We're shut up in a little tight round of habit and association, just as we're shut up in this room. Remember, I thought I'd got out of it once; but what really happened was that the other people went out, and left me in the same little room. The only difference was that I was there alone. Oh, I've made it habitable now, I'm used to it; but I've lost any illusions I may have had as to an angel's opening the door.'