Historical Context in The Garden Party
Mansfield was born and raised in New Zealand, a country in the South Pacific region colonized by Britain in 1840. The Sheridan family is of wealthy origin, demonstrated through possession of various luxury goods and their throwing lavish garden parties. In colonial New Zealand, the division between upper and lower classes was often very stark. Items such as the kimono, or Laura’s luxurious hat, would likely have been imported from Europe. Mansfield visited London as an adolescent and later moved there permanently. Mansfield’s texts contain many references to English and European texts and mythology.
Historical Context Examples in The Garden Party:
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"No, better not put such ideas into the child's head! "Nothing! Run along."..." See in text (The Garden Party)
"And I suddenly thought for once in my life I shall have enough canna lilies..." See in text (The Garden Party)