Since she has taken us to heaven, it seems plausible to interpret that winter represents death, not just to the garden she enjoyed, but to herself--she will drink in this beauty until her life has ended. Even then, she will still be so drunk with it (Tippler) when she arrives at heaven, that she will need to lean against the sun for support (perhaps a nod to the oft-used image of the drunk leaning against a light post.) The astonished Saints will run to look out the windows of heaven at her, mimicking the way people on earth might hurry to their windows to see the latest scandal. Emily continues to amuse herself and us, endowing heaven with windows, saints with earthly curiosity, and herself with the sun to lean against.
In Emily’s imagination,