“Bliss” & “Marriage a la Mode” by Katherine Mansfield

These two stories are about marriage, one from a man’s perspective and one from a woman’s. It is interesting that Mansfield would choose to write on the subject. Her experience of marriage was fleeting. She hastily entered into a marriage with George Bowden, a teacher of singing 11 years her senior. She left him the same evening, before the marriage could be consummated. Mansfield had two romantic relationships with women that are notable for their prominence in her journal entries. She continued to have male lovers, and attempted to repress her feelings at certain times. Enjoy!

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