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First published in a British literary magazine in 1917, the audiobook version of Katherine Mansfield’s captivating "Mr. Reginald Peacock’s Day" presents the listener with the titular, strikingly immodest music teacher and the uneasy relationship he maintains with his wife, from whom he seeks the unadulterated praise regularly bestowed upon him by his pupils and colleagues.

Narrator Juliet Stevenson’s evocative performance imbues a realism into Peacock’s narcissistic tendencies and the sycophancy of his doting female students in this wry, cynical look at the mundaneness of married life.

Publisher's Summary

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".

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