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The Two of Us Katherine Mansfields story Miss Brill exemplifies a persons desire to feel important Mansfield tells the story from the limited omniscient point of view or from the point of view of an outsider who possesses such a familiarity with Miss Brill that much of Miss Brills characterization is presented indirectly By telling the story this way Mansfield is able to portray Miss Brills loneliness naivet and lack of self-awareness fully The story gives the reader no details of Miss Brills past allowing the reader to draw his or her own conclusion At the same time Mansfield provides insights into Miss Brills character and lifestyle that expresses the theme of the story Miss Brill is an idealist and a dreamer who does not communicate with real people and has lost touch with reality She inadvertently attempts to experience life vicariously and her naivet only leads to her own pain When the reader is first introduced to Miss Brill it becomes apparent that Miss Brill is starving for warmth and companionship She affectionately caresses her fur as if it were a treasured pet when she rubs the life into the dim little eyes of her fox skin Then while at the Public Gardens she perceives the band as playing as if they were playing with only the family to listen However she is more of a voyeur and not a participant in the life that unfolds around the Public Gardens She looks forward to eavesdropping on the conversations of the people that visit the Public Gardens and she had really become an expert she thought at listening as though she didnt listen at sitting in other peoples lives for a minute while they talked around her Miss Brill shows that she is longing for male companionship when she seems critical towards the women that she sees in the park while differential towards the men She views the man sharing her special seat as a
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