Bliss - Katherine Mansfield

Topics: Marriage, Woman, Wife, A Story / Pages: 2 (630 words) / Published: Sep 23rd, 2004
Bertha Young felt the bliss in her soul, family, and everything that surrounded her. There were sunny days, happy faces, smiles everywhere and it was this purity that let the bliss flow around her, fulfilling her house and her anima day and night. Bertha's mirror reflected only the image of innocence and blind happiness! Thirty years facing this world, Bertha and reality were two strangers who lived together never realizing it. Sometimes the innocence or purity may only correspond to one aspect of a character's personality or background, but not in Bertha's case.

She is oblivious to the mysterious reaction of her new "best" friend, to the reasons why her husband, Harry, did not like her friend, and also to this sudden realization of the bliss in her family! "Oh Nanny, do let me finish giving her supper while you put the bath things away." "Well, M'm, she oughtn't to be changed hands while she's eating.-said Nanny" (Mansfield 201). The character is so incredibly happy without knowing why, not asking questions about the nanny's possessive nature with her child, or why her life seems so simple. It is in the way she looks at the fruit on the table, matching the carpet so well that her heart is filled with absurd joy. "I'm too happy - too happy!" (Mansfield 203).

It is almost sad the way the woman never questioned her fate, just accepted it and rushed headlong into the worst possible scenario of her life- namely her husband in the arms of another woman. Her entire house of cards falls. The woman, mostly alone with her thoughts and deeds eventually comes to the realization that every preconceived notion she had about her life is in direct conflict with the truth and everything she held dear is worthless.

This foundation on which she had built her life is now shattered, irretrievable, and it will force the woman to ask why she had never wondered about her life. "Harry and she were as much in love as ever, and they got on together splendidly and were really good pals"

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