Miss brill

Miss brill character analysis

Little children ran among them, swooping and laughing; little boys with big white silk bows under their chins, little girls, little French dolls, dressed up in velvet and lace. But to-day she passed the baker's by, climbed the stairs, went into the little dark room—her room like a cupboard—and sat down on the red eiderdown. Miss Brill is imaginative and optimistic about the way she sees the world. Never mind, there was always the crowd to watch. Miss Brill came to realize that nearly all of the people she observed at the gardens on Sundays were somewhat odd. And she'd gone on the whole time about how she ought to wear spectacles; she knew she needed them; but that it was no good getting any; they'd be sure to break and they'd never keep on. The main story here is about an old lady and how the fantasy world she has created is caving around her as her loneliness seeps through. A brilliant warning piece. No longer can she believe the illusions of inclusiveness and grandeur that always accompanied her on the way back and forth from the park every Sunday. In the end, Miss Brill puts the fur back into the box and, as she does this, she thinks she can hear it crying.

A woman with a straw hat ambled by with a donkey. The girl complains that she cannot do what the boy wants.

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The young love couple is conveyed as an antagonist as they cause the conflict in the story. How she loved sitting here, watching it all! There is a general happy commotion. It was nice to feel it again.

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And when she breathed, something light and sad—no, not sad, exactly—something gentle seemed to move in her bosom. She was sure it was new.

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The old people sat on a bench, still as statues.

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Short Story Analysis: Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield