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The Man, The Woman, And The Yordle

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Ali Murtadha Commentary on an extract from Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" G11 A SLThe extract given comes from the story "Bliss" by Katherine Mansfield. The events of the extract take place in the text after Bertha tries to spend some time with her daughter, Little B, and has her forcibly taken by the nanny. Also right before the given text comes a small phone conversation between Bertha and her husband Harry, where Harry tells her to prepare for the upcoming dinner party that takes place in the extract. The events of the extract revolve mainly around Bertha's thoughts before the dinner party, while preparing for it.The mood changes multiple times throughout the extract. To note is that the story is told from Bertha's perspective - in third-person - meaning that Mansfield effectively also grants us insight on Bertha's own feelings in addition to the mood (though this is not always the case, the notable exception being speech from another character); another thing to note is that the mood is conveyed mainly through connotations. At the beginning of the extract, the mood set is quite happy, or perhaps excited, which can be seen by the use of several positive connotations in the first paragraph (for example, "sound" in reference to the Norman Knights, "love" on the topic of Bertha's interest in Pearl). The mood changes when Bertha delves more deeply into the topic of Pearl, remembering a conversation she had had with Harry regarding Pearl. Here, the connotations turn negative, with words like "cold" and "disease", turning the mood to a slightly sullen one. However, the negative words mentioned above come from Harry, in Bertha's flashback of the conversation, and the mood noticeably changes back to an upbeat one once Bertha exits the flashback and enters the drawing-room. This is one of the exceptional cases mentioned above where the mood is portrayed not by Bertha's feelings, but by the words of another, being Harry in this situation. The mood shift back to a happy one can be seen by the return of positively connotated words, such as "passionately" and "lighted".The mood yet again changes when Bertha looks out of the window of the drawing-room, this time turning to a more uneasy one. Again, looking at words' connotations, we can see words that convey bad feelings, such as "shadow," "shiver," and "stammered,". This negative mood has a negative effect on Bertha, as it is stated in the final line of the extract the she feels "overcome" (similar connotation to the words mentioned above), ending the extract on an uneasy note.The characters mentioned in the extract have roles of varying importance in the story. The first paragraph in the extract introduces several characters, the ones invited to Bertha's dinner party, those being the Norman Knights, Eddie Warren, and Pearl Fulton. The third-person narration by Bertha describes each of those characters, a method by which the author tells us about the characters. The Norman Knights are described as "a very...

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