In the storyline of this Lost Phoebe, Theodore Dreiser creates a story about a man and his better half. Dreiser tells much about the man's youth and early on adulthood because he was showing the audience how Henry Reifsneider was doomed to suffer in isolation at the end of his life. The man, Henry Reifsneider, possessed resided with someone all his life. He resided with his parents until he dropped in love. When Henry dropped in love, and made a decision to get committed, his parents asked his bride-to-be to reside with him. Henry hitched Phoebe when he was just twenty-one yrs. old and. had been married for forty-eight years. He also persisted to live with his parents until they passed on ten years after his relationship to Phoebe.