The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:|
his collar. Grouped about them, with a fine regard for dignity and
precedence, sat their parents and relations; and perched on a stool at the
bride's right hand a little girl in a crumpled muslin dress with a wreath
of forget-me-nots hanging over one ear. Everybody was laughing and
talking, shaking hands, clinking glasses, stamping on the floor--a stench
of beer and perspiration filled the air.
Frau Brechenmacher, following her man down the room after greeting the
bridal party, knew that she was going to enjoy herself. She seemed to fill
out and become rosy and warm as she sniffed that familiar festive smell.
Somebody pulled at her skirt, and, looking down, she saw Frau Rupp, the
butcher's wife, who pulled out an empty chair and begged her to sit beside