Something Childish But Very Natural


Something Childish But Very Natural

Something Childish But Very Natural is a 1914 short story by Katherine Mansfield. It was first published posthumously in the "Adelphi", though it was written in 1914. [Katherine Mansfield, "Selected Stories", Oxford World's Classics, explanatory notes]

Plot summary

At a train station, Henry looks at books and comes upon Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem. Then he jumps onto the train as he is late, and his left his portfolio behind. On the train, he starts talking to a girl, until she tells him she will be there again every evening. On the following Saturday, he goes to the station and sees her; they get on the train and start talking like old friends.Later, they go to a concert, and she appears somewhat distant. They walk down the streets of London and come upon a pretty village nearby. There, they visit a house and decide to rent it. Then Henry receives a telegram, and things fall apart.

Characters

*Henry. He is 19 years old and works in an architect's office.
*Edna. She is 16 years old and goes to a training college to be a secretary. Her mother is Hungarian.

Major themes

*love
*chance

Literary significance

The text is written in the modernist mode, without a set structure, and with many shifts in the narrative.

Footnotes


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