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Ethan Belisle Professor Handy English 1302 20 Jan 2015 “Miss Brill”: A Story about Loneliness In Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill”, the main character, Miss Brill, is an English teacher living in a French town, whose narrative follows her on a Sunday afternoon. Miss Brill observes facets of the lives around her in the park, eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. While she does this, a couple comes along and she assigns them the roles of a hero and a heroine. However, she hears them mock her while comments about how stupid she looks in her fur coat. Miss Brill’s behaviour can best be attributed with her loneliness. Extreme loneliness can lead people to escape their pain through fantasy. Miss Brill’s loneliness is evident throughout the entire story. She does not speak throughout the duration of the entire passage, and only listens and watches other people. Miss Brill is an Introvert, showing that in the story it says she “listens as though she didn’t listen”(835). What this shows is how

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