Narrator Juliet Stevenson's delivery is naturally sympathetic, and it is clear that she has a firm grasp of the thoughts and feelings of the characters in Katherine Mansfield's story. A young and innocent French governess journeys to Munich for a new job and meets an older gentleman on the way. Stevenson's wide-eyed depiction of the governess, whose vulnerability and hopefulness will tug at listeners' hearts, gradually turns dark and somber as the governess learns too late that trust is not something to be freely given.
This is a story from the Bliss & Other Stories collection.
One of Katherine Mansfield's finest short stories, Bliss introduces us to Bertha, who experiences a sense of rapture as she reflects on her life. On her walk home one day, she is overwhelmed by a sense of bliss and contentment.
However, her joy later turns to disappointment as she discovers her husband is having an affair with her new friend Pearl.
Katherine Mansfield became well-known for her focus on psychological conflicts and complex characters; and "Bliss" displays these qualities brilliantly, exploring themes of marriage, adultery and duplicity. This set also contains five other short stories by Katherine Mansfield: "Mr Reginald Peacock's Day", "Pictures", "The Little Governess", "Feuille D'Album", and "A Dill Pickle".