“Miss Brill”

1525 Words Oct 14th, 2008 7 Pages
Miss Brill is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield and it was published in a collection of stories called The Garden Party in 1922. The story is about a woman who goes to her usual Sunday afternoon walk on Jardins Publiques and what happened there with her that day. In order to provide a study guide about this short story, this paper will analyze the the structure of Plot and the Characters created by the author on Miss Brill.
Considering Plot, Miss Brill is a story about a lonely woman who lived in an apartment in France and taught English to students. Miss Brill’s enjoyment was to wear her “dear little” fur on Sunday afternoon and go to a walk on Jardins Publiques, where she could be away from the loneliness of her “little dark
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First, Miss Brill had imagined them as “the hero and heroine” of that play who had “just arrived from his father’s yacht” and then Miss Brill prepared herself to listen to their conversation. The boy wanted to date the girl, but she is embarrassed because of Miss Brill’s presence. Consequently, instead of hearing something that would contribute to her imaginary play, Miss Brill is forced to see her real condition when the young boy referred to her as a “stupid old thing" and questioned: “Why does she come here at all – who wants her? Why doesn’t she keep her silly old mug at home?”. Besides that, the girl made fun with Miss Brill’s fur by comparing it to a “fried whiting”, and insisted on deny the boy’s desires as long as Miss Brill stayed there.
Finally, in the conclusion, the narrator shows Miss Brill in her way home, when she did not feel worthy enough to buy herself “a slice of honeycake” she was used to by at the barker’s on “her Sunday treat”. She went to her “little dark room – her room like a cupboard” and sat down on the red eiderdown for a long time, certainly thinking about what had happened that afternoon. Then she took off her fur “quickly” without looking at it, and while she put “the lid on she thought she heard something crying”.
Considering Characters, this short story brings Miss Brill as the main character and many passers-by as the minor characters. According to Miss Brill’s thoughts, the reader knows that she is an English woman who is not