The Garden Party: And Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

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Should the Sheridans have called off the garden party, as Laura suggested?

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This becomes one of the fundamental issues in Mansfield's short story.  On one hand, Jose's words are haunting to this point:  "She [Jose] takes a dim view of Laura's wish to cancel the garden party when she tells Laura that she 'won't bring a drunken workman back to life by being sentimental." The mother is much the same, in that she allows her daughters to plan the garden party, but does everything in her power to ensure its facilitation.  In the end, the cancellation of the party would have done little. However, I think that...

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