STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF " A CUP OF TEA"

1. Introduction

To be honest, when I read the story, I thought " how absurd this is". The first appearance of the story to me was just like this. But when I re- thought about some details I realised that the story is not that absurd. Above, it includes some social factors in it. And I think my assignment is going to be all about those details, because for me, "truth always hides itself in details", so to analyse this story Iím to deal with them.

2. Summary of the story

The story is all about Rosemary Fell, a rich, young and modern country woman and one of her shopping days. This day, and an extra-ordinary day it was, started after she got out from an antique shop with a little box in her mind, that she is planing to buy. What made this ordinary day, extra- ordinary came with a voice of a young, poor girl, Miss Smith. She was shyly asking money for a cup of tea. At the moment Rosemary couldnít believe her ears. How can someone doesnít have money, even for a cup of tea? She thought a little, and decided to make an invitation. She invited this young, poor girl to her home. After some insist, Miss Smith accepted this invitation. They went home and had some cup of tea, and chat for a while. It was a chat that mostly Rosemary talk and Miss Smith listen with tears in her eyes. Then Philip, the husband of Rosemary appeared. He was confused to see Miss Smith, because she is not like one of the other friends of Rosemary. Then he wanted to talk with her and they went to the library. They had a conversation about the poor girl. Philip thought this situation is ridiculous, besides, he thought that Miss Smith is beautiful and pretty. This thought of Philip shocked Rosemary. She didnít look to her as Philip did. After she got out from the library she decided to give some money to her and let her go. Jealousy was the only reason for this.

3. Ideational functions
a. Rosemary as participant
i ) Relational process

We can both understand her physical and personal state from the story. Everybody seems to be cheerful to her and acts like she is the one and only. This lady is the most active role of the story. We even can say the story is based on her. There are some sentences used to describe her image.
a. She was young, brilliant, extremely modern, exquisitely well dressed...
b. ... how charming her hands were against the blue velvet.
ii. Mental process

Mentally Rosemary is the organiser of the story, everything starts with her and so they finish with her. Her words are the commands for the others. For example, if she wants, Miss Smith to come home and have a cup of tea with her, Miss Smith must obey. Her commands are indeclinable. Although she seems to be philanthropic. I think she is not, for me she is so selfish.
a. It would be thrilling (taking the poor girl home)
b. And she heard herself saying afterwards to the amazement of her friends " I simply took her home with me"
c. " Well keep it for me. Will you? Iíll..." but the shop man had already bowed as though keeping it for her was all any human being can ask. He would be willing, of course, to keep it for her forever.

Miss Smith as participant
i ) Relational process

She is the blur character of the story. Although we couldnít find information about her, she is the second important role. She appears to be young, poor, shy and pretty. But for me her main appearance is her tiredness. Besides, her personal or physical states are not that clear as Rosemaryís.
a. ... said the girl and there was pain in her voice
b. Battered creature with enormous eyes, someone quite young...

ii) Mental process

There seems to be nothing abut her mental process. From the beginning till the end she just did what she is said to.
a. " Wonít you take off your hat?" very good madam" and the crushed hat was taken off
b. The girl stayed just as she had been put

Philip