The Art of Disruption In The Short Stories Of Katherine Mansfield

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Katherine Mansfield


Bertha returns home to prepare for a dinner party of her own design. Life is blissful; she muses as she drops in on her baby, arranges the fruit for the evening and marvels at the inexpressible beauty of the world.

At The Bay

Disruption hits early in this multi protagonist story. Stanley Burnell flies from his beach bungalow; desperate to be the first in the ocean and “beat them all again” but no, his neighbour has stolen his victory by getting there first.

The Garden Party

Over one day Laura’s insular world is opened up from the secluded privilege of affluence. Her distractions start early. Instructed by her mother to oversee the construction of the marquee in the garden, she encounters fresh energy among the male workers who weren’t constrained by “absurd class distinctions.”

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