The Garden Party, by Katherine Mansfield
Aug 20, 2008 · The little woman in the gloomy passage seemed not to have heard her. “Step this way, please, miss,” she said in an oily voice, and Laura followed her. She found herself in a wretched little low kitchen, lighted by a smoky lamp. There was a woman sitting before the fire. “Em,” said the little creature who had let her in. “Em!