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The Garden Party

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Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,080 / 162 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 11,346 4703

Not the usual kind of short stories with plot, but rather incidents, characterizations or impressions of life made vivid by the author's clear style and finished writing.

At the Bay -- The Garden Party -- The Daughters of the Late Colonel -- Mr. and Mrs. Dove -- The Young Girl -- Life of Ma Parker -- Marriage a la Mode -- The Voyage -- Miss Brill -- Her First Ball -- The Singing Lesson -- The Stranger -- Bank Holiday -- An Ideal Family -- The Lady's-Maid

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s a man and drowning was too good for them.

Chapter 1.


"Wait for me, Isa-bel! Kezia, wait for me!"

There was poor little Lottie, left behind again, because she found it so fearfully hard to get over the stile by herself. When she stood on the first step her knees began to wobble; she grasped the post. Then you had to put one leg over. But which leg? She never could decide. And when she did finally put one leg over with a sort of stamp of despair--then the feeling was awful. She was half in the paddock still and half in the tussock grass. She clutched the post desperately and lifted up her voice. "Wait for me!"

"No, don't you wait for her, Kezia!" said Isabel. "She's such a little silly. She's always making a fuss. Come on!" And she tugged Kezia's jersey. "You can use my bucket if you come with me," she said kindly. "It's bigger than yours." But Kezia couldn't leave Lottie all by herself. She ran back to her. By

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
Sardo Weems

Short stories about small incidents in ordinary people's lives--joys, disappointments, insults, betrayals. Nothing heroic, violent, or superhuman happens. The descriptive detail is dense, sometimes to the point of clogging up the story.

It's a book best appreciated by a writer; lovers of adventure stories or trite supernatural boogyman stories will probably be bored.


Elegant, beautiful and poignant fiction from this gifted New Zealand writer, who worked prolifically before her untimely death in 1923, aged just 34. These stories gently convey a range of human emotion, at times wistfully, at others with humor.

Doug Husband

Astonishing short stories; brilliant writing.



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