Katherine M ansfield (2). LIT 3023 Modernism. Overview. KM’s achievements KM as modernist What is distinctive about KM’s work? Some thoughts on ‘Prelude ’, ‘ The Daughters of the Late Colonel ’ and ‘Her First Ball’. Recap from last week.
LIT 3023 Modernism
Beryl sat writing this letter at a little table in her room. In a way, of course, it was all perfectly true, but in another way it was all the greatest rubbish and she didn't believe a word of it. No, that wasn't true. She felt all those things, but she didn't really feel them like that.
It was her other self who had written that letter. It not only bored, it rather disgusted her real self.
"Flippant and silly," said her real self. Yet she knew that she'd send it and she'd always write that kind of twaddle to Nan Pym. In fact, it was a very mild example of the kind of letter she generally wrote.
Beryl leaned her elbows on the table and read it through again. The voice of the letter seemed to come up to her from the page. It was faint already, like a voice heard over the telephone, high, gushing, with something bitter in the sound. Oh, she detested it to-day. (p. 117-118)