The story possess the theme of devotion, love, fear, hope, loneliness and dedication.
When Nellie said," I must have fallen asleep". It means she realizes that she has been dreaming when she wakes up.
Nellie said,"Come, perform that heroic deed! Have pity on us!". The pity to be done was that the doctor had to go with Nellie and treat her husband.
Stepan Lukitch was ill and exhausted so he needed proper rest. As his head was in whirl he couldn't move from his bed so, he suggested Nellie to go to Zemstvo doctor.
The doctor was ill and tired saving the patients from last three days. That's why he was not ready to go to see her husband.
Stepan Lukitch was silently lying on his bed when she reached his bedroom.
As her husband was ill, she went to the doctor on one night inorder to call the doctor.
With the looking glass, she was dreaming of being married.
Nellie was a young pretty girl, the daughter of a landowner and general. She used to dream of being married.