She is a bit nervous while she is getting dressed and wishes she was at home on the porch of her country home listening to the songs of the owls at nightfall. And because they were all laughing it seemed to Leila that they were all lovely.
They were at the drill hall already; there were cabs in front of them and cabs behind. Did he target Leila? Certainly her partner did not say very much. For it was thrilling. What does this ending mean? Take, for example, the following: Those feelings are short lived as she enters the hall and her dance card fills up quickly.
The ending of the story is also interesting as it is ambiguous. Leila said it again.
She would remember for ever. And when Leila compared him with her other partners he looked shabby. Throughout the story Leila is reliant on being asked to dance. Now new music was given out by the bandmaster.
Identify the point of view. The older man also tells Leila that in time as she gets older and more experienced she will be, like the chaperones, standing on stage dressed in black velvet and holding a black bony fan.
While Leila is sitting in the cab the reader discovers that she has never been to a ball before. Then quite an old man—fat, with a big bald patch on his head—took her programme and murmured, "Let me see, let me see!
Dark girls, fair girls were patting their hair, tying ribbons again, tucking handkerchiefs down the fronts of their bodices, smoothing marble-white gloves. There is also some symbolism in the story which is worth noting. A Study of the Short Fiction.
He steered so beautifully. Oh dear, how hard it was to be indifferent like the others! So women who review this would either go reminiscing "I remember when I had my first dance at What has changed is that whereas earlier Leila had noticed every aspect of the experience in animated detail, now "all became one beautiful flying wheel"a blur, one might say.
Laura passed and gave her the faintest little wink; it made Leila wonder for a moment whether she was quite grown up after all. She is unsure of whether she is to take a programme or not. Mansfield also appears to be using imagery waltzing lamp-posts at the beginning of the story to highlight to the reader the excitement that Leila feels about attending her first ball.
And when they came back to the hall there was the fat man waiting for her by the door. But instead of replying the fat man wrote something, glanced at her again. Two benches on either side were stacked high with wraps. From getting dressed in her finery to riding in the coach to dancing with different young men, Leila expresses her excitement with all of it.
It appears that the older man is suggesting to Leila that as she gets older, no longer will she be dancing at balls rather she will become a chaperone. However, despite her thrill at attending, she finds others bored by what she finds so exciting Strange voices answered, "Of course, my dear.
She wanted to be home, or sitting on the veranda listening to those baby owls. It was such a relief to be able to tell somebody. She wanted to ask someone, "Am I meant to have one too? Whatever the case, his bitter assessment of the life and the dance archetypally a metaphor for life already has a deflating effect on Leila.
This begins to answer the first question about point of view.Notes Ideas Ideas Ideas Analyzing "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield Plot Diagram Characters Leila- The main character in the story.
She is a. “Her First Ball” by Katherine Mansfield is a short story that highlights the feelings and emotions of a young lady as she attends her first ball. Leila is in awe of everything about the dance she attends with her city cousins. A young woman nervously goes to her first ball with her cousins.
She had not previously gone to a ball due to living deep in the country, and she goes to the ball with her cousins due to lacking any siblings of her own/5. Katherine Mansfield’s Her First Ball 1 In Katherine Mansfield’s Her First Ball, Leila, the main character is an eighteen-year-old girl from the rural country who has recently moved into the city with extended family members.
“Her First Ball” by Katherine Mansfield is a short story that highlights the feelings and emotions of a young lady as she attends her first ball. Leila is. In Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of experience, youth, independence, reliance and gender. Taken from her The Garden Party and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story Mansfield appears to be exploring the theme of experience (or .Download