In Katherine Mansfield “Miss drill”, the story happens in a town in France, where the protagonist– an older female by the name of Miss Brills, lives near the “Sardines Appliqu?? s”; which meaner “Public Gardens.” Miss Brills is an English instructor that eavesdrops on discussions to fill the vacuum and isolation that she experiences in her own life. She particularly enjoys going to the gardens on Sundays due to the fact that there is a live band that plays and there are generally many more people present. This particular Sunday she was considerably enjoying herself since it was busier than usual.
There were a number of individuals out this afternoon, much more than last Sunday. And the band sounded louder and gayer. That was since the Season had started. For although the band played throughout the year on Sundays, out of season it was never the very same” (135 ). The woman in the ermine toque is important since it appears as if Miss Brills can identify with her; she was treated very rudely by the gentleman in grey in spite of her effort to be friendly, and end up standing there alone. “The day was so captivating– didn’t he concur?
And wouldn’t he, possibly? … But he shook his head, lighted a cigarette, gradually breathed a fantastic deep puff into her face, and, even while she was still talking and laughing, snapped the match away and walked on” (136 ). Though she did not completely comprehend the meaning of this “performance”, I think that she sympathized with the female in the ermine toque. Miss Broil’s state of mind at the beginning of the story is delighted because she can not wait to come to the general public Gardens and view all of the enjoyment of other peoples’ lives unwind.
At the end, nevertheless, she is deeply saddened due to the fact that she discovers that she has actually in reality been lying to herself all along. She is a developing character due to the truth that she finds herself and ends up seeing herself in a different way at the end of the story. Her fur, which she held so dear to her heart, ends up being something for people to make fun of her about, particularly the young boy and girl. “It’s her ridiculous if-fur which is so funny. It’s exactly like a fried whiting” (137 ). The last sentence recommends that the fur was in reality an inanimate things that would keep her business and that
Miss Brills would talk to. “Package that the fur came out of was on the bed. She unclasped the knuckle quickly; quickly, without looking, laid it inside. But when she put the cover on she thought she heard something crying” (137 ). Miss Brills comes to realize that her solitude has actually driven her to become something that society does not rather comprehend, however even through all of her discomfort she still hears her fur crying when she puts it away.