Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield is rendered by a third-person narrator who seems to be omniscient regarding the characters.

The narrator’s knowledge is revealed in many cases. For instance, the narrator knows that the Burnells dread sending their daughters to the same school as those from the middle or the lower classes:

For the fact was, the school the Burnell children went to was not at all the kind of place their parents would have chosen if there had been any choice. But there was none. It was the only school for miles.

The narrator also knows about Kezia’s fondness of the little lamp in the doll’s house and the feelings it inspires her:

But what Kezia liked more than anything, what she liked frightfully, was the lamp. It stood in the middle of the dining room table, an exquisite little amber lamp with a white globe. It was even filled all ready for lighting, though, of course, you couldn’t light it. But there was something inside that looked like oil, and that moved when you shook it.

Also, the narrator has knowledge about Aunt Beryl’s feelings regarding a letter she has received previously that day, but also that she found pleasure in tormenting the Kelveys:

The afternoon had been awful. A letter had come from Willie Brent, a terrifying, threatening lett...

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