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How are the schoolgirls cruel to the Kelveys in "The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield?

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The story "The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield, shows several instances in which the girls at the school are quite cruel and humiliating to the Kelvey sisters. 

The first evidence of this is found when the narrator describes the type of treatment that the girls get from everyone at school. They are the daughters of a washerwoman and a man of dubious origin. They are also poor, not well-taken care of, and because of their poverty, even the clothes that they wear are indicative of how socially inferior the poor girls are. 

For these reasons, the first reaction that the children would display upon seeing them is that of haughty indifference. 

Many of the children, including the Burnells, were not allowed even...

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