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Kevin Zhang English 12 Miss Brill Katherine Mansfield’s short story “Miss Brill” plays with the gradual exposure of a character’s personality as the reader watches her through a few hours in one day of her life. Miss Brill is shown to be enthusiastic and generally likable in the first section of the story, but as her attitude and impressions of the strangers surrounding her is unveiled, her “true” nature is revealed as that of a pitiful, pretentious and lonely person. Through Miss Brill’s habits of eavesdropping on strangers, it can be seen that she is usually secluded from the outer world and desperately seeks some form of human interaction. She takes pleasure in judging people by their outward appearances and conversations while pretending to be close acquaintances with them. Tragically, her self-esteem comes only from her objectification of others: she regards others only as actors in a play, following a predicated script and role. However, she even sees herself as a valued and intrinsic part of the park scene, and

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