Katherine Mansfield Short Stories

This page has a list of Katherine Mansfield short stories in alphabetical order of the first word of the title, excluding “A”, “An” and “The”.

I’ve included an approximate word count and links for online reading where possible.

At “Lehmann’s” | 4,200 words

Sabina works all day at the shop and café of Herr Lehmann. Frau Lehmann, his wife, is expecting a baby and nearing her delivery day. A young man comes in to the shop and pays extra attention to Sabina.

“At Lehmann’s”

Bliss | 4,900 words

Bertha Young is happy with everything in her life. She’s throwing a dinner party, and one of the guests is her friend Pearl. Bertha’s husband doesn’t really like Pearl, but she hopes they will grow to like each other.


The Doll’s House | 2,800 words

The Burnell children are given a beautiful doll house as a gift. They are allowed to bring their classmates to see it, so they choose who gets to come to their house.

“The Doll’s House”

The Fly | 2,150 words

Old Mr. Woodifield visits his former boss at work. When Woodifield mentions their sons who were killed in World War I, the boss becomes disturbed.

“The Fly”

Frau Brechenmacher Attends a Wedding | 4,200 words

Frau Brechenmacher prepares to attend a wedding with her husband. The guests enjoy themselves, but she is dissatisfied.

“Frau Brechenmacher Attends a Wedding”

The Garden-Party | 5,400 words

The Sheridans, an upper-class family, are making preparations for a garden party. Before it starts, they hear that a working-class neighbor has just died.

“The Garden-Party”

Her First Ball | 2,600 words

Eighteen-year-old Leila, a country girl, goes to her first society ball with her cousins, city girls with more social experience.

“Her First Ball”

How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped | 3,100 words

Pearl Button is swinging on her front gate while her mother does her weekly ironing. Two women come by and start talking to Pearl. They lead her away with them.

“How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped”

Marriage a la Mode | 3,850 words

William is on the way to visit his wife and kids who have moved to the suburbs. William thought they had been happy, but his wife, Isabel, wanted a change. He has an eye-opening visit with his wife and her friends.

“Marriage a la Mode”

Miss Brill | 2,000 words

A middle-aged woman takes a weekly Sunday walk. She likes to observe and listen to people, but she overhears something that upsets her.

“Miss Brill”

The Tiredness of Rosabel | 4,500 words

After she gets off work as a clerk at a hat counter, Rosabel thinks about her life and the customers she dealt with at the shop. Among them was a young woman trying on hats with her boyfriend. Rosa imagines what her life would be like if she were her.

“The Tiredness of Rosabel”

The Wind Blows | 3,650 words

Matilda is awakened by the wind; it makes her feel unsettled. Her mother doesn’t want her to go to her music lesson because of the high wind, but Matilda wants to go anyway.

“The Wind Blows”

The Woman at the Store | 4,070 words

The female narrator, her brother Jo, and their acquaintance Jim are traveling in the heat, looking forward to stopping for refreshment at a place Jim knows. He says the man of the place is generous with his whisky, and the woman is attractive and welcoming. They arrive at a lonely establishment and are greeted by a disheveled woman with a rifle.

Read “The Woman at the Store”

As I come across more Katherine Mansfield short stories they will be added to this page.