Outside school magazines, “The Tiredness of Rosabel” was Katherine Mansfield’s first published story (1908, when Mansfield was 20 years old).
Already we can see features that the author became known for:
- The ability of a character to impersonate another
- Daydreams/fantasy used to reveal deeper desires
- Three time levels are used simultaneously (past, present, future)
- A central theme throughout Mansfield’s work: ‘fastidious feminine recoil from the arrogant male, conflicting with a romantic idealism and resulting in disillusionment’ (Alpers).