Loneliness and its Dangers
The themes of the stories Katherine Mansfield wrote in Bavaria reflect her sense of being at the mercy of a hostile world in which men force upon their women the endless burden of pregnancy. Only relationships between women appear to offer freedom, security, and a defence against the male threat. Nevertheless, Katherine was desperately in need of a temporary harbour on her return to England in January 1910; and, like the actress in ‘The Modern Soul’, she turned to a man who seemed safe: George Bowden. Her stay with him was brief. The influential weekly the New Age published four of her German stories, providing a measure of the recognition she sought; then, after an operation for peritonitis, Katherine left her husband for good. It was with Ida Baker that she now chose to live.
KeywordsDust Hunt Bark Peritonitis Lost
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