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Katherine Mansfields Miss Brill is a story of loneliness and disillusion Miss Brill is an English teacher who goes to the park every Sunday and enjoys eavesdropping peoples conversations One of these Sundays she decides to go to the park wearing her fox fur although the weather was not cold As usual she pays attention to peoples clothes chats and actions as she tries to forget her own sadness She thinks about her pupils her acting and her previous listening nobody talks to her though Then a couple of teenagers appears and starts commenting on her staying there alone on her eavesdropping and on her fur She goes home and passes the bakery by the place where she used to buy a slice of honey-cake as a Sunday treat enters her cupboard room takes her fur and puts it inside its old box The story is told from Miss Brills point of view The narrator describes her feelings and thoughts taking the reader to her constant fight against loneliness She is constantly assaulted by thoughts of sadness and is constantly denying them And when she breathed something light and sad no not sad exactly something gentle seemed to move in her bosom And what they played was warm sunny yet there was just a faint chill a something what was it not sadness no not sadness - a something that made you want to sing There is also a confirmation of her loneliness by the fact that she listens to peoples conversations notices their clothes acts and characteristics although no one talks directly to her This was disappointing for Miss Brill always looked forward to the conversation She had become really quite expert she thought at listening as though she didnt listen at sitting in other peoples lives just for a minute while they talked around her line The description of the settings is also
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