The Imagination of Miss Brill in Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill
else (Mansfield 228). Finally, right after she sees an old man almost get knocked over by four young girls running through the park, she thinks, "Oh, how fascinating it was. How she enjoyed it!" (Mansfield 228).
Miss Brill's imagination, which at first seems so creative, is conventional at best, certainly not "the stuff that dreams are made on" (Shakespeare 1680), but the stuff of romance novels. She sees herself as an actress, a recognizable star, instead of the bit player