Catherine Mansfield (1888 – 1923)

The Wind Blows

Selected from Katherine Mansfield Selected Stories (2002)

An example of modernist impressionism, Mansfield style,  using the wind to symbolise the changing moods of a teenage girl.  One might describe the piece as a sketch rather than a story, although the ‘plot’ as far as there is one, is in the unexplained change in perspective of the narrator in the final section of the story. Has ‘time passed’ or it is something else.  One gets to the end and immediately turns back to the beginning to see if anything has been missed in the reading.  By the end of the second read through, you are still unsure, but this is modernist writing so all you need to do is go with the flow, allow your mind to follow the twists and turns in the prose, and enjoy!

You can red the story on=line here


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