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

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What is the meaning of the garden party in "The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield and how does it relate to the theme?

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To answer this question, you need to relate the garden party in all of its frivolous glory to the death of Mr. Scott and Laura's visit to him at the end of the story. Let us just remember that when Laura hears about the death of Mr. Scott, she wants to call the garden party off, and her mother is only able to distract her by pointing out how beautiful she looks in a new hat. Vanity seduces Laura, causing her to forget about Mr. Scott and her moral...

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