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.
KeywordsNight Light Private World Male Threat Threatening Manner Slim Body
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