Q:

What is the summary of "A Cup of Tea" by Katherine Mansfield?

A:

"A Cup of Tea" by Katherine Mansfield is a story about a woman named Rosemary, a rich woman who learns a lesson in materialism. The young, wealthy Rosemary decided to do some shopping, so she stops by a florist and an antique store.

The shopkeeper at the antique store always saves his best treasures for Rosemary as he seems to adore her. During this visit, he shows her a trinket kept in a velvet box, which fascinates her. After asking him to keep it for her, she leaves the shop. Outside the shop, Rosemary stops and has feelings of longing even though she has more money than one could hope for. While on the street, Rosemary is approached by a young girl named Miss Smith who asks her for money for a cup of tea. Rosemary is astounded and brings the girl back home with her. She feeds Miss Smith and invites her to stay. When Rosemary's husband Philip comes home, however, things quickly change as he tells his wife how pretty Miss Smith is. Rosemary's intentions for the girl quickly change and she gives her money and sends on her way. After the girl leaves, Rosemary asks Philip to buy her the velvet box and he agrees. She then gets to the heart of the matter and asks him if she is pretty.

Sources:

  1. studyguide.org

Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is the setting of "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield?

    A:

    The setting of the short story "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield is the public gardens of an unspecified French town. Every Sunday, Miss Brill walks to the gardens to sit on a bench and watch people go about their business. On this particular day, there is a band playing, and Miss Brill imagines that all of the people are actors performing on a stage, accompanied by the music.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the themes expressed in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield?

    A:

    The harshness of the aging process and the dangers of replacing people with things are the two primary themes in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield. Miss Brill is an elderly spinster, living alone in one of the resort parts of France, most closely attached to her furs. Living far from home, Miss Brill tutors children and reads from the newspapers to someone who may or may not be able to hear her.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can you use a K-Cup for more than 1 cup of coffee?

    A:

    A K-Cup is only designed to brew 1 cup of coffee. The design of the K-Cup allows it to only be used one time and then discarded.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many ounces are in a cup of coffee?

    A:

    The amount of ounces in a cup of coffee vary widely across different brands and locations but, in general, a typical cup contains approximately 8 ounces of coffee. Note that the amount of coffee in a cup could be artificially lowered by adding other ingredients like milk, cream or sugar.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore