The Garden Party: And Other Stories Questions and Answers
by Katherine Mansfield

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What are some examples of metaphors used in Katherine Mansfield's story "The Garden Party"?

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The house was alive with soft, quick steps and running voices.

In this first example of a metaphor, the house is described as "alive." This is a specific type of metaphor called personification. The house is described this way to convey an impression of its busyness and liveliness in the build-up to the garden party.

The piano burst out so passionately that Jose's face changed.

In this second example, the piano does not literally "burst," but the metaphorical image compounds the impression that this time before the garden party is a time of high energy and barely containable excitement.

There, quite by chance, the first thing she saw was this charming girl in the mirror, in her black hat trimmed with gold daisies, and a long black velvet ribbon.

In this third example, Laura sees herself in the mirror, but she describes herself, metaphorically, as "this charming girl," as if the reflection belongs to or is another person separate from herself. This is an important point in the story. Laura is...

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