Katherine Mansfield |
Katherine Mansfield (1883-1933) was born in New Zealand, She went to England to finish hereducation and married J. Middleton Murry, a well-known writer on literary topics. She died in France after a long illness. Although her life was short, shesoon became well known, both in Britain and in Europe, for her short stories. Her special qualities are her tender humanity, her clarity, her wit, and hercourageous gaiety. |
"The Singing Lesson'
is a psychological study.
The way in which a music teacher shows her emotions through the songs that sheteaches her class is
cleverly worked out. | |
With despair -cold, sharp despair- buried deep in her heart like a wicked knife, Miss Meadows, incap and gown and carrying a little baton, trod the cold corridors that led to the music hall. Girls of all ages, rosy from the air, and bubbling over withthat gleeful excitement that comes from running to school on a fine autumn morning, hurried, skipped, fluttered by; from the hollow class-rooms came aquick drumming of voices; a bell rang; a voice like a bird cried, "Muriel." And then there came from the staircase a tremendous knock-knock-knocking. Someone had dropped her dumbbells.

The Science Mistress stopped Miss Meadows.

"Good mor-ning," she cried, in her sweet, affected drawl. "Isn't it cold?It might be win-ter."

Miss Meadows, hugging the knife, stared in hatred at the Science Mistress. Everything about her was sweet, pale, like honey. You [continua]

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