The Garden Party: And Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

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In "The Garden Party," how do the relationships between the Sheridans cope with the expectations of society?   I was thinking along the lines of the way society percieves the Sheridans causing the relationships the family has with one and other to be belittled as they want to stay looking like high class and not show much emotion.

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Well, let us remember that the key divisive factor if we examine the relationships between the Sheridans is Laura, who, in her youth and her dismissive attitude towards class differences requests that the garden party be cancelled because of the death of the workman who lives nearby. However, her request is met by stony indifference by both her sister and her mother. The response of her mother in particular is interesting to examine:

"You are being very absurd, Laura," she said coldly. "People like that...

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