Bliss is the story of a young couple throwing a dinner party. Bertha, the wife, is a very emotional person, and spends most of the story feeling ecstatically happy and connected to everything; the night seems special to her. Her husband Harry is much more gruff, and spends the evening appearing to act rude toward Pearl, one of the guests at the party. However, Bertha's blissful ignorance is soon punctured. This short story explores themes of homosexuality, truth, and fantasy.