According to Happiness, an article by May Tomlinson, “[women] looks upon happiness as [her] natural heritage. Always [she dreams] of some Utopia, always searching for a Promised Land” (57). Luba seeks the happiness Tomlinson asserts about, by finding peace within her soul and freeing her soul from all the unhappiness she lived through. She knew that stepping into the water would erase all her worried. She will pass on peacefully without any pain, without no worries or regrets about not living her life to the fullest.
The purity if the water relates to the Christians belief of baptism. During the act of baptism a soul becomes clean from all their suffering and sins. “I baptize you with* water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8). Luba was baptized in the lake by Batushka. The hole in the ice and purity of the water wipes away all her worries and sins. She knows that she wanders to go closer to her God as she remembers when Batushka baptized her in the lake, giving her more confidence and hope that she will have the peace in her heart and will end all her suffering from her past