Referring closely to "The Garden Party," examine how Mansfield presents the character of Laura.
Great question! Laura is of course the young and rather idealistic young woman through which Mansfield shows the class-consciousness that dominates the novel. She is introduced as a character who deliberately questions class distinctions as she watches the workmen put up the marquee. Note what she says:
It's all the fault, she decided, as the tall fellow drew something on the back of an envelope, something that was to be looped up or left to hang, of these absurd class distinctions. Well, for her part, she didn't feel them. Not a bit, not an atom...
She imagines herself to be "just like a work-girl" as she takes a bite of her bread-and-butter. This...
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