The Ways in Which Mansfield Presents Leila’s Thoughts and Feelings About the Ball:

Topics: Girl, Dance, Boy Pages: 3 (1278 words) Published: March 26, 2013
Mansfield describes a young lady first introduction to society. She describes the young girl’s emotions and excitement in a way that submerges the readers in Leila’s fantasy world, with a lot of different feelings and emotions. Mansfield wrote this story with third omniscient person. This gives the reader the opportunity to see and know Leila’s feelings, thoughts, the atmosphere, etc. Mansfield illustrated a colourful, rich fairy tale as Leila’s world. The reader can sense how Leila’s perception of the balls seems a dreamlike event. The story begins with a description of Leila’s feelings as it was her first ball. She feels mostly joy and excited. She feels mostly joy and excited, because for her “Every single thing was so new and exciting”. Even though the ball has nearly started she was sure “She would remember (the ball) for ever”. Her desire and impatience to dance is felt when she is in the cab passing by “waltzing lamp-posts and houses and fences, and trees”. It creates a mental image of the cab dancing a waltz with the trees, houses, and fences throughout their journey to the ball. This shows how Leila is wondering how the ball is going to be, and how she looks forward to it. Mansfield creation of a dream world is revealed in Leila’s views of everything. It gives the impression that she look at everything with wide eyes and astonishment. This can be seen in the simple common details, such as “Meg’s tuberoses, Jose’s long loop of amber, Laura’s little dark head”. Everything is seen by her as most charming and extraordinary. Yet as she gets to the ball, she becomes extremely nervous but still excited, since she has never experienced anything like this. The reader knows it is her first ball, not just because of the title, also because of the question of the e Sheridan girls “Have you really never been to a ball before, Leila?” Leila’s response is not straight forward, but an excuse, which she said it “softly, opening and shutting her fan”. The fact that the...
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