THE GARDEN PARTY AND OTHER STORIES

Katherine Mansfield

In The Garden Party, the wealthy Sheridan family prepares to host a garden party. Laura is charged with instructing the workers on the placement of the marquee. After the furniture is rearranged, the Sheridans learn that their working-class neighbour Mr. Scott has died. While Laura believes the party should be called off, neither Jose nor their mother agrees. Laura eases her conscience by deciding to forget the matter until the party is over. Later, having left the house, Laura meets her brother Laurie in an alleyway. She finds herself unable to explain life and death concisely, and Laurie understands that his sister has come to realise her own mortality.

The Fly is another of Katherine Mansfield’s most celebrated short stories. Retired since his stroke, Mr. Woodfield visits his friend and former boss at work in the early 1920’s.. The boss enjoys showing Woodifield his redecorated office and benevolently offering him some whiskey. Then Woodifield, who has momentarily forgotten what he meant to tell the boss, remembers. His daughter was recently in Europe and while visiting her brothers grave, saw the grave of the boss’s son. Then Woodifield tells the boss about the cemetery and how nice it is. Once he is along again, the boss reflects on ignorance, sacrifice, responsibility and war.

Katherine Mansfield was a prominent modernist short story writer. Born into a socially prominent family in Wellington, New Zealand, Mansfield moved to the United Kingdom while still a teenager. She was a writer of short stories, poetry, letters, and journals. She was aquatinted with many other modernist writers including Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and Francis Carco.

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