Upon Westminster Bridge



Short-story writer and poet, Katherine Mansfield, a pseudonym for Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp was born in 1888, in Wellington, New Zealand. She came back to London in 1908, married George Bowden (a musician), March 2, 1909, separated from him the same day, and afterwards gave birth in Bavaria to a stillborn baby by Garnet Trowell, another musician. This led to her first volume of fiction, In a German Pension (1909). Katherine Mansfield's practice was suddenly to spend several days in writing poetry, and then to abandon poetry wholly for months and years together. After meeting John Middleton Murry in 1911, they lived together until she divorced Bowden and married Murry on May 3, 1918. Mansfield lost Lesley Beauchamp, her brother, to a wartime accident in 1915. This death led to some of her greatest stories. Suffering from tuberculosis, she died from the disease in January 9, 1923.




Few Rules for Beginners

Babies must not eat the coal
And they must not make grimaces,
Nor in party dresses roll
And must never black their faces.

They must learn that pointing's rude,
They must sit quite still at table,
And must always eat the food
Put before them -- if they're able.

If they fall, they must not cry,
Though it's known how painful this is;
No -- there's always Mother by
Who will comfort them with kisses.

Katherine Mansfield


coal: fossil fuel (carbón)
: contorted facial expressions; make funny faces
roll: move vigorously
black their faces: show anger or resentment or hostility
pointing: indicating something with his/her finger
rude: socially incorrect in behaviour; not polished
still: quiet and calm, not in physical motion
if they're able = if they can (eat by themselves)
though = although
it's known = everyone knows
by = nearby, very close to them


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