The Garden Party: And Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

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What does the young lady's mother do for the family of the man who has died?

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Laura Sheridan wants to cancel the garden party her family is giving that day when she hears about the death of the workman who lived nearby. Her mother talks her out of it by offering her a beautiful new hat to wear to it.

After the party is over, Laura's father mentions that the death was "horrible" and notes that the man left behind a wife and children. At this point, Mrs. Sheridan has one of her "brilliant ideas." She suggests that they send the widow and children a basket of leftovers from the party:

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