The Garden Party: And Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

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How does Katherine Mansfield investigate Laura's resistance to her class relations in "The Garden Party"?

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A key theme of this excellent short story is that of class, and the way that Laura begins the story at least by trying to ignore class and pretending that it does not impact her. An important part of the beginning of the story is when she watches the workmen construct the marquee and Laura comments on how nice the workmen are and how they compare much more favourably to "the silly boys" with whom she dances from her own class. Note what she thinks:

It's all the fault, she decided, as the tall fellow drew...

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