In Mansfield's "The Doll's House," the Burnell children are not allowed to associate with the Kelvey girls. The Burnell girls are members of the upper-class and a family friend (Mrs. Hay) has sent them a beautiful dollhouse. First the girls tell everyone at school about the house. Soon they are invited to invite girls over. However, the Kelvey girls cannot take part in anything associated with the toy for they are not only of a lower class, but they are also especially ostracized because their mother is washerwoman and it is believed that their father is in jail.
At the start of the story, the dollhouse is delivered, freshly painted, to the Burnell household. When it is unlatched, it swings open to reveal the beautifully wallpapered and decorated interior. There is a sense of openness and honesty as the narrator describes how amazing it is to watch the toy swing open. The narrator's description points to the story's main theme of class distinction as it describes how every house should
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