Everything you need to understand or teach Bliss by Katherine Mansfield.
"Bliss" opens with Bertha Young reflecting on how wonderful her life is. As she walks home, she is overwhelmed by a feeling of bliss; she feels tremendously content with her home, her husband, her baby, and her friends.
At home, she begins to prepare for a dinner party she is having that evening. She reflects on the guests that will be arriving soon: Mr. and Mrs. Knight, an artistic couple; Eddie Warren, a playwright; and Pearl Fulton, Bertha's newest friend. Bertha wishes that her husband, Harry, would like Pearl; he has expressed some misgivings over the women's burgeoning friendship and Bertha hopes they will eventually become friends too.
As Bertha waits for her guests, she looks out on her garden. Her enjoyment of a pear tree with wide open blossoms, which she sees as representing herself, is ruined by two cats creeping across the lawn. Bertha meditates on... View more of the Bliss Summary