Monday, March 7, 2011
The Doll's House by Katherine Mansfield
I've heard a lot about Katherine Mansfield from Mel at The Reading Life--she's one of the main focuses of his blog--and from the blogging community in general. Out of curiosity, I decided to look her up, and was delighted when I learned that most, if not all, of her works are in the public domain and can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg.
The first short story I encountered was The Doll's House. The three Burnell girls, members of the elite in their rural community, are given a magnificent doll house. They allow all the girls at their school to see it, all except the two Kelveys--the daughters of the town washerwoman.
For me, the short story was very beautiful, written in elegant but direct language. I guess the short story shows us how social classes divide us, and how they influence our lives. In today's so-called modern society, social classes are still very distinct, something Mansfield demonstrated subtly in her short story.
I really enjoyed Katherine Mansfield's The Doll's house, and look forward to reading her other short stories.