Laura, like Kezia in "Prelude" and "At the Bay," is another version of the young Mansfield. More sensitive and artistic than the rest of her family, she identifies with the workmen who are helping get the house and the garden ready for the party. But hers is clearly a childish identification borne out of rebellion against the artificial atmosphere in which she has been raised. The rest of the family is indifferent to the plight of the Scotts, seeing them as part of a community that is an eyesore and has "no right to be in that neighborhood at all." When Laura suggests canceling the party, Mrs. Sheridan stands on class prejudice: "People like that don't expect sacrifices from us. And it's not very sympathetic to spoil everybody's enjoyment as you're doing now."
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