The Garden Party: And Other Stories Questions and Answers
by Katherine Mansfield

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Contrast Laura with the other members of her family in "The Garden Party."

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One point of contrast between Laura and her family members in "The Garden Party" lies in her level of care and philosophical insight.

Laura is different than her family members because she cares and is willing to show it. Even at the start of the story, Laura is willing to converse with the workers, listening and showing care towards their insights.  She does not show disrespect to the workers.  She does not exhibit the same attitudes as her family members towards those who are "lower" on the social spectrum.  

The strongest example of Laura's care is her reaction to young man's death.  Her first reaction is to cancel the garden party. Laura cannot fathom how a celebration could take place in the midst of death....

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