Why were the Burnell children not allowed to speak to the Kelvey children?

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In Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Doll's House ," the Burnell children attend the only school in the neighborhood. As there is no other school for miles, this small community school has an eclectic mixture of pupils, as far as their parents' social standing is concerned. The children of the judge, the doctor, the storekeeper, and the milkman all attend the school and all have to mix together. There are several rough, rude boys whose background is obviously...

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