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The Daughters of the Late Colonel

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Rebecca Newton

on 3 March 2014

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Transcript of The Daughters of the Late Colonel

Body of Work:
Germans at Meat (1911)
A Birthday (1911)
A Blaze (1911)
The Woman at the Store (1912)
How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped (1912)
Millie (1913)
Something Childish But Very Natural (1914)
The Little Governess (1915
Pictures (1917)
Feuille d'Album (1917)
A Dill Pickle (1917)
Je ne parle pas francais (1917)
Prelude (1918)
A Suburban Fairy Tale (1919)
An Indiscreet Journey (1920)
Bliss (1920)
Miss Brill (1920)
Psychology (1920)
Sun and Moon (1920)
The Wind Blows (1920)
Mr. Reginald Peacock's Day (1920)

Biography of Mansfield

In bed, Constantia suggests giving her late father's top hat to the porter, but her sister Josephine disagrees.
After thinking about letters to be sent to Ceylon, they hear a noise coming from a mouse. Constantia thinks how sad it must be for the mouse with no crumbs around.
Before dying, the Colonel opened only one eye, glaring at his daughters before dying.
Nurse Andrews, whom they invited to stay for a week after the Colonel died, is annoying them by overeating.
Mr. Farolles, a clergyman who offers to arrange the funeral, visits and suggests they take Holy Communion, to feel better, but the sisters demur.

Two mornings later, the daughters go to sort out their father's belongings. Josephine feels he would have been angry at the cost of the funeral.
They consider sending their father's watch to their brother, Benny, but are concerned that there is no postal service there.
They think of giving the watch to their nephew, Cyril. As they talk about the watch, they recall Cyril coming over for tea, and their conversation.

Kate the maid asks boldly how the sisters want their fish cooked for dinner, for which they could not give a straight answer, so that Kate had to decide how the fish has to be cooked, which eventually leads them to decide about firing Kate.
They wonder whether she snoops inside their dresser drawers.
They hear a barrel organ and realize they need not stop it, because it no longer disturbs their father.
They wonder how things would be, if their mother, who died in Ceylon, were still alive.
They've never met men, except perhaps in Eastbourne.

Finally, the sisters talk about their future, but cannot remember what they wanted to say.

A Short Summary


Captivity and Imprisonment
Oscar Wilde
Her intellectual freedom came through an admiration of Oscar Wilde and the English 'decadents.'
Recalling her enthusiasm for Wilde in her later journal entry for May 1908, Mansfield wrote that she was now "growing capable of seeing a wider vision—a little Oscar, a little Symons, a little Dolf Wyllarde—Ibsen, Tolstoi, Elizabeth Robins, Shaw, D'Annunzio, Meredith."

Virginia Woolf
"cheap and hard"
"unpleasant but forcible and utterly unscrupulous"
about Bliss, "so brilliant- so hard,a dn so shallow and so sentimental that I had to rush to the bookcase for something to drink"
Woolf wrote that her and Mansfield "never really coalesced"
"I thought her rather cheap and she thought me priggish"
"she stinks"
"I think her sharpness and reality- her having knocked about with prostitutes and so on, whereas I had always been respectable- was the thing I wanted then..."
Mansfield's Relationships with fellow Authors
Katherine Mansfield
The Daughters of the Late Colonel
A presentation by The Front Row Trio:

Clay Mauro
Kelly Jo Slattery
Rebecca Newton
Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, born into a socially prominent family in Wellington, New Zealand
She had two older sisters, a younger sister, and a younger brother born in 1894
Harold Beauchamp, became the chairman of the Bank of New Zealand and was knighted
They moved to London, where she attended Queen's College along with her sisters
At 19, she came to England, fell in love with Garnet Trowell, a young musician, and became pregnant, then married her singing teacher George Bowden, abandoned him, and moved to Germany with her mother to have the baby (ALL WITHIN 7 MONTHS)
She miscarried, and never had another child, though it is possible she may have become pregnant once more
She returned to London and met John Middleton Mury, in 1911, whom she later married in 1918
She was particularly interested in the works of the French Symbolists and Oscar Wilde
She met Virginia Woolf in 1917
Ida Baker and her moved to Switzerland for a short period of time
She also moved back to New Zealand, but almost immediately found herself tired of the provincial New Zealand lifestyle and of her family. (2 years later she went back to London.)
She expressed both admiration and disdain for New Zealand in her journals, but she was never able to return there because of her tuberculosis (sorry to spoil the ending)
She had two lesbian relationships that are notable for their appearances in her journal entries
Maata Mahupuku (known as Martha Grace)
Edith Kathleen Bendall
She passed away on January 9th of 1923
Many of her works were published after her death
Divide into 3 groups of five, and explore your text. Search specifically for quotes that support the theme your group is assigned. Write a short statement that explains how the theme is shown, and be prepared to share it with the class. You can be as creative as you want tot be with this portion of the class.
Thank you!
What tone does this video leave you with?
Do you think that this dance is
a good representation of the story?
Indirect Free Style
Primarily Psychological
Narrator- Omniscient Third Person (gives judgement)
-"dreamy Constantina"
-"Poor Josephine"
Multiple Perspectives, Point of View
-Images of Freedom: the tassel, the sunlight, the moon, the sea
-The locking of the wardrobe, but they will not be able to lock out his memory...

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