Summary of The Garden Party

“The Garden Party” opens with frantic preparations being made. The cloudless summer day is perfect for the garden party at the home of Sheridan family. Before breakfast ends, four workmen arrive to set up the marquee. Because Meg has just washed her hair and Jose is still in her petticoat, Mrs. Sheridan assigns the task of supervising the men to Laura. Taking a piece of buttered bread with her, Laura goes outside to begin her task. Continue reading

The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

And after all the weather was ideal. They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden-party if they had ordered it. Windless, warm, the sky without a cloud. Only the blue was veiled with a haze of light gold, as it is sometimes in early summer. The gardener had been up since dawn, mowing the lawns and sweeping them, until the grass and the dark flat rosettes where the daisy plants had been seemed to shine.
As for the roses, you could not help feeling they understood that roses are the only flowers that impress people at garden-parties; the only flowers that everybody is certain of knowing. Hundreds, yes, literally hundreds, had come out in a single night; the green bushes bowed down as though they had been visited by Continue reading

Explanation: You’ll have to go, Laura; you’re the artistic one. from The Garden Party

You’ll have to go, Laura; you’re the artistic one. 

The line has been mentioned from Katherine Mansfield’s famous short story, The Garden Party. This is a speech made by Mrs. Sheridan to her youngest daughter Laura. The line shows the activity of Laura.

After many difficulties the Sheridan family fixed a date for their garden party. The weather of the day was ideal and the sky was without a cloud. On the day when the workmen came to put up the marque, Laura went to her mother to know where the marquee would be put up but her mother wanted to be free from the party and stay like a guest. Continue reading

Explanation, She stopped, she looked at her……. she could not explain.from The Garden Party

She stopped, she looked at her brother. ‘Isn’t life’, she stammered, ‘ isn’t life’. But what life was she could not explain.

The quoted lines have been extracted from Katherine Mansfield’s familiar short story ‘The Garden Party’. In this line the writer has explained us how Laura felt when she visited the dead man’s bereaved (mourning) family after the party was over.

Laura persisted (continued) to stop the party when she learnt about the death of the young man in the neighborhood. Her sister and mother chided (rebuked) her for this matter, calling her absurd (silly) and sentimental, Continue reading

Explanation, There lay a young man…… from them both. from The Garden Party

There lay a young man, fast sleep- sleeping so soundly, so deeply, that he was far, far away from them both.

The quoted line has been extracted from Katherine Mansfield’s well-known short story ‘The Garden Party’. In this line the writer has explained about the reaction and inner feeling of Laura when she saw the dead body of the young man.

As Laura was born and brought up in a wealthy and royal family so she did not know what poverty was and what want was. Before visiting the poor family she had never seen death in her life. It was in the first time of her life that she had encountered death. Continue reading