The story is being told from the point of view of Fenella, the child. This can be seen in instances in small details that Fenella notices, such as “the peck from the swan’s head umbrella and “the little boy looking like a fly”. These details aid in establishing the story in Fenella’s point of view.
The story is being told from the narrative mode. This can be observed in instances such as “I have to confess that behind his father 's back Phalina joined in their fun” and “But, as I have said before, he loved him with a kind of condescension.”
We are notified that Fenella has just lost her mother recently when the Stewardess refers to Fenella as the “poor little motherless mite”. The narrator makes Fenella’s innocence knows in many instances, one of them is while Mrs. Crane is in the cabin, getting ready for bed, Fenella is unable to describe her grandmother’s clothing. The narrator tells the reader that Mrs. Crane “undid her bodice, and something under that, and something else underneath that.” This suggests that Fenella is too young to know the name of each garment that her grandmother is wearing. Throughout the story, it is evident that Mrs. Crane has given Fenella the responsibility to look after the umbrella. It is possible that Mansfield, through using the umbrella as symbolism, is suggesting that now that Fenella’s mother has passed away, her Grandmother has decided that it is time for Fenella to become more responsible. It is interesting that the narrator tells the reader at the end of the story that Fenella’s grandfather looked at her “so merrily she almost thought he winked at her.” The narrator ends the story with a hint of affection, Mansfield may be suggesting that Fenella, though she has just lost her mother, will ...
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... the death of Fenella’s mother has affected her as much as everyone around her seems to think. As a result of the Fenella’s mother’s passing away, Fenella is being sent by her father to live with her grandparents.
A social issue that is very evident in this story is that love is equated to materials. Raicharan seems to believe that the way to show the love he has for his Master is to buy him luxurious things. This is an issue that can be noticed even in current society. It can easily be observed that the death of her child has a huge impact on the life of the Mistress. It can be seen that even many years after the death of her child, she still mourns him. The author writes, “Anukul 's wife was still broken down with grief.” She is so filled with grief that she doesn’t even question whether or not Phalina is really her child and accepts him wholeheartedly as her own.
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