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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

  • Explain how the narration of the story can be both third person and stream-of-consciousness. How would the story be different if it had been written m first person? Do you think it would have been as successful?
  • If the story was written today, where might it take place and how might Miss Brill be dressed?
  • Mansfield stated that "one writes (one reason why is) because one does care so passionately that one must show it—one must declare one's love." Miss Brill is a character who desperately seeks love, but is incapable of giving or receiving it. What events in the story illustrate this?