«There was not an inch of room for Lottie and Kezia in the buggy. When Pat swung them on top of the luggage they wobbled; the grandmother’s lap was full and Linda Burnell could not possibly have held a lump of a child on hers for any distance.» The seemingly perfect Burnell family is moving from one house to another, and on the surface, everything appears idyllic. But as the story develops, the tension grows, threating to explode and expose their true nature. ‘Prelude’ (1922) is evidence of Katherine Mansfield’s short fiction genius, and it was the first short story that Virginia Wolf commissioned for her publishing house.
Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) was short story writer and poet from New Zealand, who settled in England at the age of 19. Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence were among her literary friends and admirers. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 34.