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Mr Reginald's Peacock Day
Transcript of Mr Reginald's Peacock Day
The story starts off with an agrivated/annoyed tone
The tone remains agrivated whenever in the pressence or the thought of his wife
“IF there was one thing that he hated more than another it was the way she had of waking him in the morning”
Mr Reginald Peacock's Day
By Katherine Mansfield
Stresses Atwood’s Rule – Importance of Observation
Set in England
“Yes. And the money, Reginald. It's eight and sixpence.” (p.202)
The main people in this story would be Mr. Peacock and his wife, as one of the themes would be their marriage and somewhat the destruction between the two of them. However, the other characters give the reader an outlook on how they view Mr. Reginald.
Dissatisfaction with the married life
“Why had he married her? He asked himself this question on an average about three times a day, but he never could answer it satisfactorily” (Mansfield 208)
“Now, did she mean that there was no need for him to have bacon every morning, either, and that she grudged having to cook it for him?” (198)
“‘Oh no, that's not it!’ Reginald pretended to smile. ‘You do the work yourself, because, for some extraordinary reason, you love to humiliate me. Objectively, you may not know that, but, subjectively, it's the case.’”(199)
Point of View
The story is told through third person limited.
Focuses on the thoughts of Reginald
“Reginald walked into the dining-room and sat down before a pile of letters, a copy of the Times, and a little covered dish. He glanced at the letters and then at his breakfast. There were two thin slices of bacon and one egg.”
Mr Reginald lives a pretty ordinary life.
He and his wife fight often, about how successful Mr Peacock really is.
After being woken up by his wife, he decides to have a bath.
He sings during his bath, and he believes he should become an opera singer.
Mr Reginald receives a letter from Aenone Fell, a high class aristocrat.
She praises his singing, saying its unforgettable, incredible, and how it makes her question the true beauty of life.
This then rubs his ego the wrong way.
When he returns home after his party, he thinks his wife is a horrible person for not celebrating his “triumph”.
Turns out he didn't tell her that he would be gone for dinner.
After Mr Reginald's bath, his wife calls hims down for breakfast.
They (Mr Reginald and his wife) have an argument about how she always cooks for him.
Mr Reginald suggests that they should hire a servant.
Mr Reginald then gives a singing lesson to Miss Brittle, Countess Wilkowska, and Miss Marian Morrow.
He then goes to Lord Timbuck's party with his students for dinner.
Did not satisfy the reader's curiosity.
Did not evoke emotion.
Used language well, but did not expand possibilities of it.
Characters had external conflict, ex. Argument, but didn't have internal conflict.
Did start with an image
Love in the Valley by George Meredith is misquoted during Reginald's morning bath.
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner is referenced. A classical song is referenced during the story: The Third and Last Booke of Songs by Aires.
As with all of the other references in the story, it is misquoted.
During other peoples company the tone is more peaceful and
“Glorious girl! And when they had stood in front of the mirror, her white sleeve had just touched his black one. He could feel–yes, he could actually feel a warm glowing spot, and he stroked it.”
The stories ending then goes back to an aggravated tone
“...she cared so little for him–incredible that she wasn't interested in the slightest in his triumphs and his artistic career. “
- Extremely Sensitive “It took him hours to get over it, simply hours”
- Seems to be an antifeminism as he looks down to his wife and makes remarks that she is a “slave” or a “housekeeper”.
Ms Reginald Peacock
Mr. Peacock’s wife’s name is unidentified perhaps symbolizing that she doesn’t play a role of great importance in his life.
In the beginning of the short story, she is described as a pain and a nuisance to his life.
Described as purposely torturing him as she would wake him up every single morning early while he was fast asleep.
- Suffers in pain from his marriage.
- A singing teacher
- Has money, however is over-confident about it.
- Arrogant and a know-it-all
- Unhappy while in a marriage, as he “asked himself an average of 3 times a day why he is married to her”
- Healthy, works out, he is scared of getting fat.
- Dresses well, perhaps this is a example of his financial state
The primary setting is Reginald’s flat
“But as he let himself into the dark flat his marvelous sense of elation began to ebb away.” (p.206)
Set roughly in the late 1800 hundreds to early 1900
“The letter was scrawled in violet ink on thick, handmade paper.” (p.199)
“in her white motor-car,” (p.206)
We can infer that is it spring/summer
"I walked across the park. The flowers were too marvellous." Miss Brittle (p.201)
- His name is derived from the Latin word Reginaldus which is a word influenced by Regina meaning “Queen”, and in German, it is derived from the word Wald meaning “Ruler” This could be a hint or an identification of his hierarchy or ranking in his household.
Characterized as a “slave” or a “nanny” as she is described in overalls with a handkerchief on her head as if she were cleaning the house all morning.
Does not seem to be supportive of his artistic career as a singing teacher as towards the end of the story,
she is in bed sleeping and not eager to hear how his night was at Lord Timbuck’s for his music career.
Plays the role of a stay at home mom for her son Adrian, takes him to school, and cooks and cleans for the two men.
- Adrian is the son of Mr and Mrs. Peacock.
- He isn’t a major character in story but abides to his father’s commands as he is directed to say “Good Morning” to his father every single day, and shake hands. (Formal/Proper)
- He also asks why his father sings to him instead of talking, perhaps he isn’t a grand supporter of his father’s talents.
- Simply a girl who is Mr. Reginald’s student
- Supports and honors Mr. Peacock and his talents as she writes a heartfelt letter of her appreciation to him.
Mrs Betty Brittle
- A student of Mr. Peacock
- Dresses in “white” which is a symbol of innocence and elegance.
- A shy character as she “blushes when nervous”
- Blonde hair and blue eyes
- Shares passion for music with Mr. Peacock
- Another student of Mr. Reginald Peacock.
- Dresses in black with a little black hat
- Another sweet and innocent character as she likes flowers.
Mr. Peacock shares a strong bond with his students and seems to be calm and nice with them. Maybe the reason he is happy when he’s with his music family versus his own wife and child at home, is because they value his career, whereas no one at home recognizes his musical talent which may be the reason and the cause, for him to be harsh, angry and upset with his wife, which could be the missing piece to a great marriage.
Number of Words: 170
Words per sentence: 170/7 = 24.2857
Number of Hard Words: 9
Percent Hard Words: 9/170 * 100 = 5.2941
Sum of W/S and %HW: 29.5798
Fog Index: 11.83 (Grade 12)