The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

By Katherine Mansfield

Cutting edge, startlingly perceptive and aglow with color, those fifteen tales have been written in the direction of the tip of Katherine Mansfield's tragically brief lifestyles. Many are set within the author's local New Zealand, others in England and the French Riviera. All are revelations of the unstated, half-understood feelings that make up daily event - from the blackly comedian 'The Daughters of the past due Colonel', and the quick, sharp caricature 'Miss Brill', during which a lonely woman's precarious experience of self is brutally destroyed, to the shiny impressionistic evocation of relations existence in 'At the Bay'. 'All that I write,' Mansfield acknowledged, 'all that i'm - is at the borders of the ocean. it's a type of playing.'

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And so they decided we were aliens. ’ ‘If we weren’t Jovians, then, in their eyes, we weren’t people. ’ Orloff’s automatic protest was cut off short by Birnam, ‘In their eyes, I said, vermin we were; and vermin we are. Moreover, we were vermin with the peculiar audacity of having dared to attempt to treat with Jovians - with human beings. Their last message was this, word for word - “Jovians are the masters. There is no room for vermin. ” I doubt if there was any animosity in that message - simply a cold statement of fact.

Total—eight days. When the ship hovered once more over the place where they had marooned the Earthmen, it was midmorning, and the Tubal’s face as he surveyed the area through the televisor was a study in length. Shortly he broke a silence that had long since become sticky. “I guess we’ve made every boner we could possibly have made. We landed them right outside a native village. ” Sefan shook his head dolefully. ” Tubal buried his head in his long arms clear down to the elbows. “That’s the finish.

That’s right! ’ The commissioner smiled, ruefully. ’ Prosser said, ‘It’s very simple. Elementary matter. All matter is composed of atoms. Atoms are held together by interatomic forces. Take away atoms. Leave interatomic forces behind. ’ Orloff looked blank, and Birnam chuckled deep in his throat and scratched the back of his ear. ‘That explanation reminds me of our Ganymedan method of suspending an egg a mile high in the air. It goes like this. You find a mountain just a mile high and put the egg on top.

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