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.
Through her visit to the poor family and from her encounter with the death, she had learnt that death is a part of life and everybody must take the taste of death. So, she realized why people feel proud for the power of wealth in this short time. She also realized that life at all walks and levels of the society was same. She observed the young man who, lay on the bade, was sleeping so soundly, so deeply that he was far, far away from them both.
This is Laura’s sudden realization about life. After watching the dead body of the young man, she learns that life and death are inseparable and that life is beautiful.