The Garden Party


Katherine Mansfield

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Godber’s Man Character Analysis

The deliveryman for Godber’s famous cream puff shop is the one who first tells Sadie, Hans, and the Sheridan family about Mr. Scott’s accidental death. He is a peculiar character because, although he is a worker and speaks a lower-class dialect, he “relish[es]” the opportunity to tell the Sheridans’ servants about Scott’s death rather than feeling sympathetic for the deceased’s family. In this sense, he is a mirror image to Laura: a poor man who takes on the attitudes and class interests of the rich.

Godber’s Man Quotes in The Garden Party

The The Garden Party quotes below are all either spoken by Godber’s Man or refer to Godber’s Man. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Garden Party published in 1997.
The Garden Party Quotes

Godber's man wasn't going to have his story snatched from under his very nose.

"Know those little cottages just below here, miss?" Know them? Of course, she knew them. “Well, there's a young chap living there, name of Scott, a carter. His horse shied at a traction-engine, corner of Hawke Street this morning, and he was thrown out on the back of his head. Killed.”

“Dead!” Laura stared at Godber's man.

“Dead when they picked him up," said Godber's man with relish. "They were taking the body home as I come up here." And he said to the cook, "He's left a wife and five little ones.”

Related Characters: Laura Sheridan (speaker), Godber’s Man (speaker), Hans, Sadie, Cook, Mr. Scott
Page Number: 44
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Godber’s Man Character Timeline in The Garden Party

The timeline below shows where the character Godber’s Man appears in The Garden Party. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Beauty, Refinement and Detachment Theme Icon
Childhood, Family and Independence Theme Icon
...of sandwiches she has made. The cook simply smiles. From the pantry, Sadie announces that Godber’s man has arrived with Godber’s famous cream puffs. The cook orders Sadie to bring them inside... (full context)
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Empathy, Understanding, and Class Consciousness Theme Icon
Childhood, Family and Independence Theme Icon
On her way outside, Laura encounters Godber’s man excitedly telling a story to Sadie, Hans, and the cook, who look horrified. Godber’s man... (full context)