Characterization begins at the initial introduction of a character into a story, and the characterization of Miss Brill is no exception. From the beginning, Mansfield presents Miss Brill as a dynamic (changing), round (full range of emotions, reactions, motivations) character:
Miss Brill put up her hand and touched her fur. Dear little thing! It was nice to feel it again. She had taken it out of its box that afternoon, shaken out the moth powder, given it a good brush, and rubbed the life back into the dim little eyes.
She is presented as having emotional reactions; as having changes in motivations and behaviors; as having plans and ambitions. These all establish her as a dynamic and round character. Her range of emotion is shown in reaction to her fur: "Dear little thing! It was nice to feel it again." Her changes in motivations and behaviors are shown in the fact that she had done something before the story opens and now she is undoing it: "feel it again. She had taken it out of its box."...
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