Virtual Read-Aloud: A Dill Pickle, Katherine Mansfield. Image of a sliced dill pickle arranged on a plate.


A chance meeting over a café table can really leave a sour taste in one’s mouth!

Katherine Mansfield (1888 – 1923) was a New Zealand writer whose writing contributed greatly to the Modernist movement. Her works consist primarily of short stories featuring themes related to psychology, philosophy, and self-identity.

Mixing clever interpersonal commentary with an absurdist social situation, A Dill Pickle” explores the discomfort of a meeting between two former lovers—both of whom are remembering exactly why they broke up in the first place.

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