Who is the flat character in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield?

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All the personages introduced into the narrative besides Miss Brill are flat characters. Specifically, there are only two other characters whose thoughts are revealed. They are the romantic couple who enter the narrative near the end. But, they do not change in their attitudes at all and remain flat.

Flat or static characters are simple characters; that is, they do not develop or change beyond the way that they are first presented; they remain the same throughout the narrative. In "Miss Brill," there is little characterization other than with the protagonist, Miss Brill herself. The only flat characters who enter the narrative for any length are the woman wearing the ermine toque and a gentleman in gray, whose brief interaction Miss Brill observes, and the boy and girl who sit down where an old couple has been on the bench on the opposite end of Miss Brill. When the boy attempts to be affectionate with his girlfriend, she protests, "No, not now....Not here, I can't." Her boyfriend protests,

"But why? Because of that stupid old thing at the end there? Why does she come here at all--who wants her? Why doesn't she keep her silly old mug at home?"

The girl laughs at Miss Brill's fur, then the boy tries again with her and she repeats, "No, not here..."

While their cruel words affect a change in Miss Brill, these characters remain the same, and are flat characters.

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A flat character is one who is typically fairly easy to describe; she can be summed up in a few sentences because she is not terribly complex.  Miss Brill, herself, is a flat character.  She is an old woman who is in some denial about her status in the world.  Although she would like to believe that she would be missed if she were gone, it seems as though no one else would really even notice because she is not an important part of anyone's life.

When Miss Brill goes to the park one Sunday, she notices something funny about everyone else: "They were odd, silent, nearly all old, and from the way they stared they looked as though they'd just come from dark little rooms or even--even cupboards!"  She fails to realize that she is odd, that she is likewise silent as she eavesdrops on others' conversations, and that she is old.  Even though the boy at the park says nasty things, asking his girlfriend, "'who wants her?  Why doesn't she keep her silly old mug at home?'" Miss Brill still doesn't consciously recognize that she is the same as those other old folks.  As she returns to her home, the narrator says that she "went into the little dark room-- her room like a cupboard," and when Miss Brill boxes up her fox fur, "she thought she heard something crying."  She doesn't understand that she is the one crying because she has not yet fully comprehended the fact that she does not matter in the world.  It could be that such a realization is simply too painful, and so -- even though she understands it to be true on some level (after all, she breaks her routine and skips the bakery today) -- she seems to imagine that it is the fox crying and not herself.

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