A Dill Pickle
is a 1917 short story by Katherine Mansfield
. It was first published in the New Age
on 4 October 1917 under the title of An Album Leaf
. A revised version later appeared in Bliss and Other Stories
The man recounts how when he was in Russia, a coachman went up to the people on his carriage having lunch outside, and offered them a dill pickle each, thus demonstrating how class-free the society is.
After a six-year hiatus, a man and a woman who used to be lovers or close friends meet in a café. They reminisce about days gone by - the day they spent at the Kew Gardens
together; he tells her about Russia
and how class-free the society is; about how he liked to talk to her. Despite being poor and she being better-off (as when she would eat caviare
), they both of them regret not being friends any more. She then leaves abruptly and he asks the waiter not to charge him for the cream she did not eat.
Characters in A Dill Pickle
- Vera, a woman.
- a man, who remains unnamed.
- lost love
- class consciousness
References to other works
The text is written in the modernist
mode, without a set structure, and with many shifts in the narrative.