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  • 1. The Garden PartyBy Katherine Mansfield
  • 2. Katherine Mansfield was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand * The Garden Party is a short story by Katherine Mansfield.
  • 3. - Plot summary: The Sheridan family is preparing to host a garden party. Laura is supposed to be in charge, but has trouble with the workers who appear to know better, and her mother (Mrs. Sheridan) has ordered lilies to be delivered for the party without Lauras approval. Her sister Jose tests the piano, and then sings a song in case she is asked to do so again later. After the furniture is rearranged, they learn that their neighbor Mr. Scott has died. While Laura believes the party should be called off, neither Jose nor their mother agrees. The party is a success, and later Mrs. Sheridan decides it would be good to bring a basket full of leftovers to the Scotts house. She summons Laura to do so. Laura is shown into the poor neighbors house by Mrs. Scotts sister, then sees the widow and her late husbands corpse. She is enamored of the young man, finding him beautiful and compelling, and when she leaves to find her brother waiting for her she is unable to complete the sentence, "Isnt life..."
  • 4. - Characters - Mrs. Sheridan - Laura (one of three girls -The workers - Meg Sheridan, (a second daughter -Jose Sheridan, (a third daughter - Laurie, (a brother - Kitty Maitland, (a friend of Laura and a party guest - Sadie, (a female house servant) - Hans, (a male house servant) -the florist, (who delivers lilies) - Cook, (a cook - Godbers man, ( the delivery-man who brings in the cakes - Mr. Scott, (a lower-class neighbor who has just died - Em Scott, (the deceaseds widow. - Unnamed referred (to as Mrs. Scotts sister