Miss Brill


Point of view

"Miss Brill" is written in the third person limited omniscient point of view.


  • Fur—the fur's life parallels Miss Brill's: it is removed from its small, dark residence and brought into the open, only to be returned to its lonely box at the story's close.[4] Miss Brill refers to the fur as a "rogue", an adventurer, though her own life is idle and lonely.
  • Ermine toque—the once-fine fur's state of decay parallels the grayness of those sitting on the park benches and, as it turns out, that of Miss Brill herself.
  • Orchestra—Miss Brill's emotions are reflected and echoed by the orchestra's performance.[4]


  • Loneliness
  • Illusion versus reality
  • Youth and age
  • Rejection
  • Isolation
  • Alienation

Literary significance

The text is written in the modernist mode, third-person limited point of view, without a set structure.

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