Miss Brill is a middle-aged woman who spends her days as a teacher for children and as a reader for an old man who hardly recognizes her existence. Every Sunday she wears her shabby fur coa t to the French public park called Jardins Publiques. She speaks to the coat as if speaking to another person—an act that becomes the reader’s first indication of her true loneliness and alienation.
David Daiches, Katherine Mansfield and the Search for Truth in Rhoda B Nathan (ed), Critical Essays on Katherine Mansfield (New York, Maxwell MacMillan International, 1993) Through the Lens of Gender. But Mansfield brought something else to the modernist table; not just a questioning of the nature of truth and reality, but an appreciation of the crucial role of gender. One of the key.