The Garden Party: And Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

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Explain how the following quote relates to Laura's character in"The Garden Party:"  “And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touched by the thorns.” Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

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I think that Moore's quote can connect to Laura on several levels.  Consider that Laura represents "the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers."  Laura is one of the few members of the Sheridan home that understands and grasps the stratification of class that divides people.  Jose and Mrs. Sheridan are not fully "awake" in that they are completely supportive of the...

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